Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona member of Congress who's elected to be in isolation after coming in contact with someone who was hospitalized with COVID-19, has unintentionally started a meme.
"Been thinking about life and mortality today," he tweeted on Monday as he was still self-quarantined. "I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does."
The tweet included an image of a gruesome scene from the 2018 movie The Great Battle.
At first, people were confused by Gosar's musings, with one person literally responding, "This is weird, dude."
And then, soon after and fantastically, his tweet took off.
People on Twitter copy-and-pasted it word for word, attaching their own depictions of bitter and gruesome battle.
Nonpolitical organizations even got in on it.
In response to the memes, Gosard said he finds them "greatly amusing" and "a healthy way to express" yourself in times of heightened fear.
"This is greatly amusing. There is a lot of stress over the politics of corona virus," he told BuzzFeed News over Twitter DM.
"I see this as a healthy way to express oneself. I love the creativity and humor. Some are laughing with me. Some at me. But it’s all good.”
Before inspiring a meme, the Arizona representative drew much less amusing reactions when he first referred to COVID-19 as "the Wuhan Virus" in a tweet on Sunday. Many people called Gosar out for it, letting him know the term was dated and xenophobic. The World Health Organization officially named COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, last month to try to destigmatize the disease from its origins.
Gosar previously got national attention as the candidate whose six siblings famously put together a political ad supporting his opponent in 2018.