Arizona Rep Paul Gosar Called for Peace on Twitter But Encouraged Rioters on Parler: ‘Americans Are Upset’

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is one of the most pro-Trump members of Congress and enthusiastically joined in Wednesday’s failed effort to object to the Electoral College votes certification. But even an ardent MAGA supporter like Gosar has some awareness that certain messaging draws scrutiny. The posts he wrote on his official Twitter and Parler accounts during yesterday’s Capitol riots had noticeably divergent tones.

As multiple reporters and Twitter users observed, Gosar shared the same photo of the rioters climbing the Capitol walls on his Twitter and Parler accounts — but with completely different captions.

On Twitter, Gosar called for peace, urging Trump supporters to “not get carried away here.”

“I don’t want anyone hurt,” Gosar continued. “We are protesting the violation of our laws.”

He criticized the Black Lives Matter protesters — “We are builders not destroyers. BLM burns and loots. We build.” — and then urged the rioters to leave the Capitol. “If anyone on the ground reads this and is beyond the line come back.”

Screenshot of tweet from Congressman Paul Gosar that reads: "Ok. I said let's do an audit. Let's not get carried away here. I don't want anyone hurt. We are protesting the violation of our laws. We are builders not destroyers. BLM burns and loots. We build. If anyone on the ground reads this and is beyond the line come back." It includes a photo of Trump supporters scaling the wall of the US Capitol.

In contrast, on Parler Gosar wrote, “Americans are upset,” a comment reminiscent of the “American Patriots” tweet that Ivanka Trump had posted, and then deleted, earlier in the day Wednesday.

Screenshot of Parler post from Congressman Paul Gosar that reads: "Americans are upset." It includes a photo of Trump supporters scaling the wall of the US Capitol.

Notably, while Gosar objected to the certification of the Electoral College votes from Arizona, essentially seeking to disenfranchise his own constituents, he did not object to the certification of his own reelection. He was duly sworn into office for another term on January 3.

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