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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested to followers on social media that the only reason why southern states are “red” is that voters are allegedly “suppressed” and that nationwide healing would come only through their “liberation.”
In an hour-long video uploaded to her Instagram account Tuesday night, a clip of which was posted on Twitter, the self-identified democratic socialist from New York said “southern states are not red states, they are suppressed states.”
“Which means the only way that our country is going to heal is through the actual liberation of southern states, the actual liberation of the poor, the actual liberation of working people from economic, social, and racial oppression,” she claimed.
“That’s the only way.”
— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) January 13, 2021
Earlier in the video, she singled out Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), claiming neither of them belonged “in the United States Senate” after suggesting they were responsible for the Capitol Building riot last week because they objected to slates of electors, as Democrats have done three times in two decades following Republican presidential wins.
“You don’t belong in any democratically-elected seat when you do not believe that election was even legitimate,” she continued. “So get out.”
Cortez and Cruz engaged in heated Twitter exchanges in the days following the Capitol assault, with the Texas Republican insisting that he “ain’t going anywhere” in response to the New Yorker’s call for him to resign.
Cruz denounced the riot as a “despicable act of terrorism” in his exchange.
“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,” she tweeted last week. “Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion.”
“You are a liar,” Cruz fired back. “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,” he added.
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
Continuing, Cruz blasted Cortez and her “socialist buddies” for attempts “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 with activists to undermine our Constitutional rights,” in which he pledged, “I will fight that every step, & stand with the People.”
Days later, another exchange began after Cruz railed against “President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to call his political opponents literal Nazis,” which he characterized as “really sad.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying there was a “Neo-Nazi presence” at the Capitol Building while criticizing Cruz’s objections to electors. She then falsely claimed rioters “tried to hang the Vice President,” before calling on Cruz to “resign” once again.
“They wore Auschwitz shirts, erected gallows, and tried to hang the Vice President. Your continued excusal and denial of Wednesday’s Neo-Nazi presence is abhorrent and dangerous. The most healing and unifying thing *you* can do is take responsibility for your actions and resign,” she wrote.
“Epic hypocrisy,” he replied. “Facts: 1) Nazis are evil bigots. 2) You & your anti-Israel pals blocked a resolution condemning antisemitism—which I passed unanimously in the Senate. 3) Unless they are genocidal, calling your political opponents Nazis is atrocious.”
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