President Donald Trump still refuses to acknowledge his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, which President-elect Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes and a near-seven million lead in the popular vote.
As Trump spews lies of widespread voter fraud on his Twitter account and his legal team pursues litigation to overturn the results of the election, Trump's Republican allies are standing by him, echoing false claims that Trump is the legitimate winner of the election.
In leaping to defend Trump's baseless assertions, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) embarked on a bizarre rant encouraging Republicans to emulate Japanese soldiers in World War II.
The America First agenda is just in its infancy. There are 75 million of us. Also. Did you know some Japanese s… https://t.co/OF8a4HFmAY— Paul Gosar (@Paul Gosar)1606187431.0
Gosar pointed to Teruo Nakamura, a Japanese soldier who didn't surrender defeat in World War II until 1974.
As history remembers, Japan was part of the Axis Powers in the second world war, attacking the port of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941—an act of aggression that catapulted the United States into the global fray.
Japan surrendered in 1945, shortly after two atomic bombs were dropped by the United States in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians.
Twitter users thought Gosar's argument was bizarre, to say the least.
The Japanese imperial army were our enemies in World War II and part of the Axis with the Nazis. The military regim… https://t.co/wwyn622eFk— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1606324646.0
Cites a deranged Japanese soldier who refused to accept that the evil Axis powers lost World War II TO THE UNITED S… https://t.co/VTjKXWvbR2— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1606193357.0
The lack of critical thinking is insane https://t.co/exUbLShj9l— AJ - Knight of the Gay Roundtable (@AJ - Knight of the Gay Roundtable)1606325112.0
I think this a perfect time to say, "weird flex, but okay". https://t.co/jqrIkvd6n3— Andrew Elliott McBurney (@Andrew Elliott McBurney)1606194437.0
This is a very weird comparison coming from a member of the US Congress https://t.co/FMkAKaWLWV— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1606193073.0
This is so profoundly moronic, I'm impressed. Congratulations! https://t.co/EhhsoGvMfK— Steve VMs are not FreeMs (@Steve VMs are not FreeMs)1606228978.0
People also reminded Gosar that, despite the efforts of holdouts like Nakamura, Japan ultimately lost the war—an inadvertently apt metaphor for the Trump campaign's endeavors to overturn the election.
Do ... do you think he changed the outcome of the war? https://t.co/zYIqlXwv6I— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1606190705.0
Yeah and that commitment is how Japan ultimately won WW2 https://t.co/1DuDe9BV4C— Ben Dreyfuss (@Ben Dreyfuss)1606193375.0
nothing says "winning" like modeling your political movement on the remnants of a fascist imperial army https://t.co/q63EprPCl6— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis)1606221693.0