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GOP Rep takes heat for sharing video clip of Hillary almost taken out by light fixture on Christmas

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Rep. Paul Gosar took a shot at Hillary Clinton in a message with a reminder of the “reason for the season.”

The Arizona Republican took a moment to offer the reminder on Twitter ahead of Christmas, sharing a clip from the “60 Minutes” interview with Hillary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton in 1992.

“Remember the reason for the season!” Gosar told his nearly 95,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday, along with the video.

The clip showed the behind the scenes footage from the interview as the late “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt directed the Clintons just as the lighting rig toppled over, hitting the former first lady on the head.

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,” Hillary could be heard saying after scrambling out of her seat and touching the part of her head where she was hit, possibly highlighting the “reason” Gosar tweeted the clip.

“I’m alright,” she added, in the embrace of her husband who was then governor of Arkansas.

“Forty minutes into it, the lights fell down. It was like an artillery round going off,” Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” said in an outtake that was aired during a 2004 anniversary special dedicated to Hewitt, who died in 2009. “I realized the lights had fallen off the wall and almost killed them.”

(Video: YouTube)

Gosar drew social media attention last month when he posted a hidden message in nearly a dozen tweets railing against the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. The Arizona lawmaker hid the message, “Epstein didn’t kill himself” in a string of tweets, becoming part of the viral online conspiracy jokes about the death of the late convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein.

Gosar was slammed on Twitter for posting the Clinton video clip this week.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton thanked the congressman for reminding her about her father’s “quick reflexes,” noting that she was baking Christmas cookies at the time he tweeted the video clip.

Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress, suggested it was behavior like this form the lawmaker which caused his own siblings to appear in a campaign advertisement for his opponent last year. Gosar commented at the time that “Stalin would be proud” of the family’s actions.

Historian Kevin Kruse also reminded Gosar about his family.

Delina DiSanto, a 2020 Democratic challenger vying for Gosar’s seat, said she couldn’t believe he thought the clip was “something to celebrate.”

Many wondered what Gosar’s intention was to tweet the video, and some reported it, while others praised the former president for his reaction in protecting Hillary.

 

Frieda Powers

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