Rep. Paul Gosar
's (R-Ariz.) siblings have called for the GOP
to take action against their brother, citing his ties to white nationalists
, denial of COVID-19
, and role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurgency, among other wrongdoings.
“Although his colleagues in Congress
and others in the media
appear to have only recently become aware of his unhinged behavior,” Jennifer, Dave, and Tim Gosar wrote in an op-ed published by NBC News
“Have you no sense of decency, Paul?” they continued, citing his false claims about coronavirus
while it was ravaging his state, his repeated participation in and involvement with white nationalist events, his support for the racist
“birther” conspiracy theory
, and his dedicated efforts to spread former President Donald Trump
’s big lie
“It appears, in fact, that you are immune to shame,” they continued, “because, in addition to betraying your family
and causing irreparable harm to the relationships
within it, you chose to betray your country by aiding in the instigation of the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack
on the Capitol
Gosar was heavily involved in disseminating conspiracy theories
in response to the election
result, and he has defended the violent insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as "peaceful patriots." He was one of 20 House Republicans
who voted against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the officers who defended them.
The Gosars also emphasized the lawmaker's friendship
with Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist figurehead and Holocaust
“Perhaps you don’t know how you got to this very dark place, Paul,” his siblings wrote. “Unfortunately, we have some ideas. Perhaps it’s because you’re in way over your head in Congress and lack the intellect, character, or maturity to be in that leadership role.”
“Perhaps your lifelong, insecure
need for other people
’s approval drove you to sacrifice your common decency and integrity in order to satisfy Trump and his supporters and keep your seat.”
Six of Gosar's nine siblings endorsed his opponent in a series of ads warning against Gosar's character in 2018.
In Sunday's article, they urged him to resign, but noted that this was unlikely.
“This means that unless your colleagues step in,” they said, “you are likely doomed to go down in history
as a cautionary tale: a person who betrayed his family, his country, and even himself.”
His siblings have previously called for his expulsion from Congress, which appears unlikely given that Congress has only expelled 20 members in its history. Furthermore, despite Gosar's appalling record
, his Republican colleagues have been reluctant to condemn his actions.
On NBC News, you can read the full op-ed.