Few members of Congress have repeated Donald Trump’s false electoral claims as loudly as Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican from Arizona who rallied the president’s supporters to overturn the election and on the front lines efforts to demean the unrest downplayed in the Capitol.
Gosar was at the center of the national controversy, which was also very personal for his brothers: Six who had spoken out by asking voters not to re-elect him to Congress because of his marginalized views. Now some want to remove him from his office and criticize the democratic leadership for not acting faster.
Two of his estranged brothers told NBC News in interviews that the Congressman’s behavior in the context of the riot should be investigated and that he should have more serious ramifications for his continued efforts to delegitimize the election results and attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“I consider him a traitor to this country. I consider him a traitor to his family,” said Gosar’s brother Dave, a Wyoming lawyer. “He doesn’t see it. He is dishonored and has dishonored himself.”
The congressman’s family first rose to national prominence when six of his siblings appeared in an ad supporting his 2018 Democratic opponent. In a subsequent tweet, Gosar, whose office did not respond to requests for comment on the story, noted that these brothers and sisters were angry Democrats and anti-Trump (Pete Gosar, former chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party and a member of Congress). Brothers, did not attend the announcement). His mother, who spoke to the New York Times, supported the congressman.
Dave Gosar, one of the more outspoken members of the family, said his argument with his brother began shortly after his brother’s candidacy in 2010 and “revealed to me that he is an obstetrician,” and promoted the misconception that the then president was Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Family members decided to speak out in 2017 after Gosar suggested that the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that killed a counter-demonstrator was a false flag: that the event was, in fact, the product of sympathetic actors who wanted to harm conservative causes . .
Jennifer Gosar, the youngest of the Congressman’s nine siblings, told NBC News that she was confident her brother had played a significant role in the effort that culminated in the Capitol Rebellion.
“I was worried beforehand,” said Jennifer Gosar, a Seattle-based Spanish translator, of the riot. “I was horrified meanwhile, and I’m surprised that they haven’t censored it now, that there hasn’t been an expulsion process. I mean, I think all the elements are clear. And maybe I’m missing something, but they’re not about them Really allay public fears. ”
“I am concerned that there are leaders in the Democratic Party, there are leaders of all ideologies who do not speak,” he said. “I just can’t understand it.”
“I never instigated violence”
Few elected representatives of the right tried as hard as Gosar to overturn last autumn’s elections. He told Trump supporters at a December protest in the Arizona Capitol: “If we take the hill, Donald Trump will be president again.”
At Trump’s pre-uprising rally, Gosar tweeted: “Biden should give in. I want his admission on my desk tomorrow morning. Don’t make me go there.”
In this tweet he tagged the far-right activist Ali Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement and with whom Gosar joined forces elsewhere to reverse the elections.
Weeks before the riot, Alexander announced in a video that has since been deleted on Periscope that he, Gosar and two other members “planned [the idea] to put maximum pressure on Congress to vote “. . “To change the mind of the Republicans in this body by hearing our loud roar from outside.”
In response to a complaint filed with the House Ethics Committee, Gosar said, “I have never incited violence” and added, “I have never supported or incited violence.
Since the Capitol mutiny, Gosar has led the defense of those who stormed the Capitol, calling them “peaceful patriots” in a May 12 hearing. He tried Ashli Babbit, the troublemaker who was shot dead by the Capitol Police