On Christmas Eve, Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona tweeted out a video of a lamp nearly falling on Hillary Clinton with the caption “remember the reason for the season!” Unsurprisingly, Gosar’s distasteful post was widely condemned and on the day after Christmas, Chelsea Clinton responded.
The former first daughter wrote “at 11am on Christmas Eve, we were making cookies for Santa. Thank you Congressman for reminding me of my dad’s quick reflexes.”
The clip that Gosar posted was an excerpt of a 60 Minutes interview from 1992. After the incident, a 60 Minutes reporter said “it was like an artillery round going off. And then I suddenly realized that the lights had fallen off the wall and almost killed them.”
After the lights fell from the set, nearly hitting Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton holds her for a moment while the producers try to figure out what they’re going to do about the show.
The incident came during an especially tense interview, as Bill Clinton was appearing on the program to address a report that he had an affair during their marriage.
Hillary Clinton didn’t respond to Gosar’s tweet, instead sending out a Christmas Eve photo of herself and Bill Clinton in front of a Christmas tree with the caption “a merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
A merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! pic.twitter.com/FOcMKZM87x— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 24, 2019
Gosar is known for his unconventional behavior. He is the only member of Congress who has endorsed a fringe, anti-Muslim activist running for Congress in Florida. During the impeachment inquiry, Gosar tweeted “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” through a set of tweets.
Gosar was first elected to Congress in 2010 and he’s held his seat easily in every election since then. In 2018, six of Gosar’s siblings appeared in a campaign ad for his Democratic opponent in which they announced their endorsements for the candidate running against their brother.