More like you’d expect from a sheltered high school student than a U.S. lawmaker, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been laying the drama on heavy since the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
While it’s been nearly a month, the self-avowed democratic socialist has been making the unfortunate events more and more about herself. While it may not be surprising that she would use the protest to draw attention to herself, Ocasio-Cortez crossed the line when she accused Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of “trying to get me killed.”
Aside from former President Donald Trump, Cruz is one of few GOP lawmakers with the courage to call out the left’s actions for the insanity it often is, which explains the level of vitriol he faces, but a group of Republicans have joined together to demand that Ocasio-Cortez apologize to the senator.
In a joint letter, 13 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., following the lead of Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, requesting that she intervene to have AOC retract her comments and offer an apology.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) February 1, 2021
“It has come to our attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet in which she accused Senator Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder,” the letter reads. “We believe this is completely unacceptable behavior for a member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member, in the House or Senate, for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution.”
“We ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments,” the missive continues.
The letter to Pelosi was signed by Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado; Ted Budd and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina; Michael Burgess, Pat Fallon, Ronny Jackson, Pete Sessions, and Randy Weber of Texas; Jeff Duncan of South Carolina; Yvette Harrell of New Mexico, Jody Hice of Georgia; Doug Lamalfa of California; and Barry Moore of Alabama.
Cruz responded in agreement last week to a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez denouncing the trading app Robinhood for blocking retail investors from purchasing stock and saying she would support a hearing on the issue — his mistake being to expect a conciliatory manner from the pretentious ex-bartender.
AOC fired back: “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out. Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”
So much for congeniality. Or unity.
When reporters asked him about the tweet, Cruz said, “There’s a lot of partisan anger and rage on the Democratic side. It’s, it’s not healthy for our country, it’s certainly not conducive of healing or unity, but everyone has to decide how they want to interact with others.”
Late Monday, AOC posted an Instagram video questioning whether a white Capitol Police officer purposefully put her at risk during the attack on the building, claiming that the officer’s attitude was seemingly full of anger and hostility.
Roy, who used to work for Cruz in the Senate, sent a separate letter to Pelosi on Friday calling for an apology, adding that an “alternative means” will be pursued if Ocasio-Cortez failed to deliver.
Warning in a letter to Speaker Pelosi that if she doesn’t “apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement.” pic.twitter.com/JFdvaowNZu
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 29, 2021
“As a member of this body who disagreed with ‘objections’ to the electors and who has expressed publicly my concerns about the events leading to January 6th, it is completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member in the House or Senate for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution,” he said in the letter. “I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments.”
“If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement,” Roy added.
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