To paraphrase the popular saying, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck.
Using similar logic without the need for any prolonged deliberation because of a growing amount of evidence, an informal online poll of the least scientific variety has arrived at a seemingly unanimous decision that Republican Rep. Paul Gosar is a white nationalist — the same designation that he has vehemently denied.
But the 62-year-old Arizona Congressman’s denial wasn’t being greeted too warmly across Twitter, where accounts proceeded to post an impressive string of receipts casting significant doubt on Gosar, who, to quote Shakespeare, “doth protest too much” to be believed.
On Friday, Gosar’s name became a nationally trending topic for all the wrong reasons when he quote-tweeted a reporter who referred to the lawmaker as a “white nationalist.”
Gosar responded in kind by claiming his name as being defamed, threatening legal action and calling the reporter “lying scum.” He denied having “ever supported ‘white nationalism.’”
Gosar’s tweet went viral, but it wasn’t the flex he was expecting it to be as people quickly called his bluff. Justin Hendrix, a tech policy journalist, led the charge.
Like citing the time Gosar “lauded the white nationalist assault on the Capitol as it took place.”
Others pointed to the Washington Post’s analysis of Gosar published in June that drew attention to a fundraiser for the Congressman that was held “with America First PAC, a group run by young far-right operative Nick Fuentes, who has promoted white-nationalist ideas and whom the Justice Department has labeled a “white supremacist.”
And that’s to speak nothing of the time that the Arizona Mirror covered an event back in February and gave its coverage the headline, “Paul Gosar spoke to a white nationalist conference, and they chanted his name.”
In that case, again, Fuentes was the link to Gosar’s alleged and apparent support for that “white nationalist,” at least.
“When Gosar finished, the event concluded with a 67-minute speech by 22-year-old white nationalist Nick Fuentes, the conference organizer, who called the Jan. 6 riots ‘awesome’ and demanded elected leaders like Gosar enact protections for the country’s ‘white demographic core,’” the Mirror wrote.
Hendrix’s Twitter thread of receipts wasn’t nearly done, also pointing to the time in 2018 when Gosar was in London and had dinner with “an extremist Belgian politician who has a history of inflammatory and racist comments,” as CNN put it.
There’s also the Vice News interview from 2017 during which Gosar suggested the deadly white nationalist riot in Charlottesville was a conspiracy theory started by “the left.” He even evoked former President Barack Obama’s name in a failed — and racist — attempt to shift responsibility for the violence.
“Let’s look at the person that actually started the rally,” Gosar said in the interview, referencing Blogger Jason Kessler, who organized the so-called Unite the Right rally. “It’s come to our attention that this is a person from Occupy Wall Street that was an Obama sympathizer. So, wait a minute, be careful where you start taking these people to.”
Gosar, of course, conveniently ignored the Nazis and other white nationalists who openly rallied in favor of white nationalism during the rally in Charlottesville, regardless of who planned it.
But perhaps the most damning receipt shared across social media was the NBC News op-ed published earlier this month and authored by Gosar’s own blood brothers and sister, who called on him to resign and cited his support for white nationalism as one of the multiple reasons why. Fuentes’ name makes an appearance again.
“How is it that a hateful boy 40 years your junior is able to lead you around by your nose?” Dave Gosar, Jennifer Gosar and Tim Gosar asked in the Aug. 1 op-ed while referring to Fuentes before adding: “And what about Fuentes’ disgusting and appalling Holocaust denial you have never once condemned? Or his racist statements scoffing at the horrors of Jim Crow, segregation and Derek Chauvin’s brutal murder of George Floyd — again, statements you have never condemned. What decent person would associate with such a wretched creature?”
It doesn’t stop there.
An expertly produced Twitter video posted by a pro-democratic group also drew attention to Gosar’s relationship with Fuentes and his support for the Jan. 6 insurrection. The group, Really American, said in the video that Gosar “deserves to be in jail” and urged Congress to “expel him and prosecute him for sedition.”
Another Really American video was making the rounds on Friday that served as a “REMINDER that Rep. Paul Gosar is an insurrectionist who collaborates with extremist right-wing groups like the Proud Boys.”
Yet another tweet linked to an opinion piece in the Arizona Republic that was published Friday and carried the headline, “Paul Gosar is going full-on white nationalist and the GOP’s silence is … not surprising.”
“This you?” the tweet asked in response to Gosar’s Twitter denial.
Violent White Folks Who Were Taken Into Custody With Loving Care By Police
1. Miami airport violence
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Last night at Miami Int’l Airport. Another FL anti-masker covidiot. (Strong language). pic.twitter.com/kO18bBFPTb— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 28, 2021
2. Floyd Ray Roseberry
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NEW: “The revolution is on. It’s here… I’m ready to die for the cause.”— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 19, 2021
Here’s video from the man who said he’s got a bomb outside the Capitol.
Follow @huffpost and @sara_bee for more as the situation develops. pic.twitter.com/aRx1hES7Vl
3. Jeffrey Nicholas
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Jeffrey Nicholas, a white man shot and killed two police officers and injured a city worker in Texas before he was able to be safely apprehended without law enforcement resorting to using lethal force.https://t.co/sLhFwxZHgg pic.twitter.com/yWd0XUg7Og— NewsOne (@newsone) May 13, 2021
4. Robert Aaron Long, suspect in Asian massage parlor killing spree in GASource:Crisp County Sheriff's Office 4 of 32
5. Duke Webb, bowling alley gunman in Rockford, IllinoisSource:Winnebago County Sheriff's Office 5 of 32
6. Car Drives Into Group Of Protesters In New YorkSource:Getty 6 of 32
7. Brad Parscale, demoted former Trump campaign managerSource:Getty 7 of 32
8. Brett HankisonSource:Shelby County Sheriff's Department 8 of 32
9. Thomas Kinworthy accused of killing Black cop, shooting another9 of 32
10. Dalton Potter allegedly shot a cop and another man
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BLUE ALERT issued for Dalton Potter, age 29. Potter is suspected of shooting a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy overnight. Last known to be on foot on Interstate 75 at the Whitfield/Gordon County line. Potter is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911. #BlueAlert pic.twitter.com/Vdyl8ReGaW— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) September 7, 2020
11. White suspect physically attacking officer
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Interesting.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 30, 2020
Thinking about Jacob Blake right now. Sure seems like white people get the benefit of the doubt when engaged with the police... pic.twitter.com/kLh9iCJepp
12. Kyle Rittenhouse, Kenosha Jacob Blake shooterSource:Twitter 12 of 32
13. White supremacist who beat a woman on video
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Nicholas Arnold Schock, 36, of Wauchula was arrested and charged with battery and disturbing the peace and bail was set at $620. He remains at the Sarasota County Jail. pic.twitter.com/ggDBjAxCN1— Carlos R. Munoz 📰 (@ReadCarlos) August 2, 2020
14. West Hollywood shooter14 of 32
15. Gregory and Travis McMichaelsSource:Glynn County Sheriff's Office 15 of 32
16. Anthony J. Trifiletti, shot an unarmed Black manSource:Saint Paul Police Department 16 of 32
17. Matthew Bernard, Killed Three People17 of 32
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19. Mark Boisey19 of 32
20. Lorne BrownSource:NBC Miami 20 of 32
21. Patrick Crusius, El Paso Mall Mass Shooting Suspect
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Patrick Crusius allegedly wrote a racist manifesto before killing at least 18 people in Saturday's shooting at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso. The suspect, a white male, was safely taken into custody.— NewsOne (@newsone) August 3, 2019
This is America. #Walmartshooting #ElPasoShootinghttps://t.co/cjYzJZsCXn
22. Aaron DeanSource:Tarrant County Jail 22 of 32
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24. James Holmes
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Today on #CrimeStories: Prosecutors have released video of #Aurora shooter #JamesHolmes’ interviews w/ a psychiatrist. Tune in now on @SiriusXM ch. 111 for insight on the evaluation of his sanity in the #Colorado theater massacre. #NancyGrace #CrimeAlert #CrimeOnline #MassKiller pic.twitter.com/DKRD2s0ay8— Crime Online (@crimeonlinenews) February 26, 2019
25. Michael Mattioli25 of 32
26. Dylann RoofSource:Getty 26 of 32
27. Matthew Sloan Punched And Spit On Police...
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Again, if Matthew Sloan was a Black man this would be a much different story. https://t.co/K4cwb6SQ38— NewsOne (@newsone) July 12, 2019
28. Assaulted Police And Even Chased Them...
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This man never complied— Gambling Refund 💵™ (@OffshoreRefund) May 14, 2019
This man actually hit police multiple times
This man chased police and made them fear for safety
This man was not killed!
Pamela Turner was murdered and pregnant, she was never given the same opportunity. WHY? @KingJamespic.twitter.com/DfzdICbOy8
29. Shot At Police At Trump Tower...29 of 32
30. Shot At Police At Walmart -- And Was Let Go...30 of 32
31. Man Holds Black Man At Gunpoint And He Is Calmly Arrested...
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Downtown CHARLOTTESVILLE right now. F*ing white trash has a black man submitted first with a knife around his neck, then makes him kneel still threatening to stab him.— ℕ𝕠𝕥 𝕓𝕚𝕡𝕠𝕝𝕒𝕣 𝕥𝕠𝕕𝕒𝕪 (@tomorrowtambien) December 28, 2018
Please, Twitter do your thing in the name of justice #resist @washingtonpost @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/klg7g5ac22
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The Results Are In: Rep. Paul Gosar, You ARE A White Nationalist, Twitter Users Declare was originally published on newsone.com