U.S. Senator Ted Cruz fired back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she demanded he resign over his decision to object to the certification of Electoral College votes.
The Texas Republican declared he “ain’t going anywhere” in a tweet responding to a call for his resignation by the New York Democrat who blamed his “craven, self-serving actions” for playing a part in the violence that erupted at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Lawmakers had to go into hiding in the midst of proceedings in Congress on Wednesday as they met to debate the results of votes in several states where there were alleged election irregularities. As thousands of President Trump’s supporters had peacefully rallied for hours in the streets of Washington, D.C., a group overwhelmed police and wreaked destruction when they stormed the U.S. Capitol building, where one woman was fatally shot.
Cruz, who led an effort by senators to object to some of the election results, slammed the outburst as “a despicable act of terrorism” in his response to Ocasio-Cortez, who, along with other Democrats, were seeking to blame all of the violence on the president himself.
“Sen. Cruz, you must accept responsibility for how your craven, self-serving actions contributed to the deaths of four people yesterday. And how you fundraised off this riot,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Thursday.
“Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion,” she added, referring to GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.
Cruz reminded the democratic socialist what his job as an elected official is, as he quickly punched a hole in her narrative and vowed to stand against the efforts of her “socialist buddies” to push their radical agenda on Americans.
“Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday,” he wrote. “And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere.”
1/2 @AOC You are a liar.
Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday.
And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere. When you and your socialist buddies… https://t.co/UoKBOC8ZU7
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 7, 2021
“When you and your socialist buddies… try to massively raise taxes, when you try to pass the green new deal & destroy millions of jobs, when you push for amnesty, when you try to pack the Supreme Court w/ activists to undermine our Constitutional rights…,” he wrote.
“I will fight that every step & stand with the People,” the GOP lawmaker promised.
2/2 …try to massively raise taxes, when you try to pass the green new deal & destroy millions of jobs, when you push for amnesty, when you try to pack the Supreme Court w/ activists to undermine our Constitutional rights…
I will fight that every step & stand with the People.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 7, 2021
Cruz again condemned the actions of the mob that breached the government building in a separate tweet.
“Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted,” he wrote.
Twitter users called out Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats for their double standards.
I guess @AOC should begin to take responsibility for the Billions in damage from BLM protest that she has refused to condemn
— Travis (@TWines4congress) January 7, 2021
This you? pic.twitter.com/bvh9X3wjAk
— Justsomedude (@bryan112210) January 7, 2021
13 people died during the Antifa and BLM riots that everyone was cheering for. They should all resign as well pic.twitter.com/rIq75yjBep
— Tatsu-sama🐉CaribbeanDragon🇰🇳🇯🇵 (@BlackDragonKrew) January 7, 2021
The senator addressed the incident again in an interview with KHOU where he also spoke about the calls for his resignation, responding to a question about whether he takes any responsibility by saying, “Not remotely.”
“What I was doing and what the other senators were doing is what we were elected to do, which is debating matters of great import in the chamber of the United States Senate,” Cruz said. “I joined with 11 other Senators and we proposed to the Senate that Congress should appoint an electoral commission.”
“I think that would have enhanced faith and confidence in our democratic system,” Cruz said.
“There are serious allegations of election fraud in this last cycle and tragically recent polling shows 39 percent of Americans believe the election was rigged and that’s heartbreaking. By the way, that’s not just Republicans. 31 percent of independents believe that. Seventeen percent of Democrats believe that” he added, referring to a Reuters/IPSOS poll from November.
“When this terrorist attack happened, it was a traumatic experience for everyone in the building and everyone across the country,” Cruz said, recounting the terrifying moments when the doors were barricaded in the Senate and then lawmakers were whisked away to safety.
Ultimately what they ended up doing was removing everyone from the Senate chamber and moving us to a secure third location that was away from the chambers that as you know, tragically, the terrorists broke into the chamber,” Cruz said. “They did damage. It was horrific.”
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