GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas is demanding House colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) apologize following a Twitter exchange with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz earlier in the day.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and copied to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Roy, who previously served as chief of staff for the Texas senator, said he had been alerted to the exchange in which Ocasio-Cortez claimed Cruz tried to have her killed.
“It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused Senator Ted Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder,” Roy wrote.
“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,” the lawmaker continued.
NEW: @RepChipRoy is calling on @AOC to apologize over her comments earlier today to @SenTedCruz (his old boss).
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
“I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments,” he continued. “If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement. It is my sincere hope that we all stop this heightened rhetoric and move forward to actually do the work the American people sent us here to do.”
A week after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building, Ocasio-Cortez took to her Instagram account to claim she feared for her life.
“I can tell you that I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die,” she said. “I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.”
She went on to say she was “nearly assassinated” in part because “white-supremacist members of Congress (were) in that extraction point who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, et cetera.”
On Thursday, Cruz took to Twitter to agree with the New York Democrat’s condemnation of stock trading app Robinhood after the platform halted trading of GameStop stocks after several Reddit users targeted it.
“Fully agree,” he wrote.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “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.”
Ted Cruz calmly says he agrees with AOC, she JUMPS down his throat, claims he tried to have her murdered https://t.co/gquEAIxu5P pic.twitter.com/d2bH2CRIvy
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 29, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez has been critical of Cruz and Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley since they objected to various state electoral votes earlier this month citing changes in voting laws prior to Nov. 3 which they suggested were unconstitutional.
She has attempted to link their objections to the Capitol violence, which investigators believe was planned weeks in advance and long before either senator announced they would oppose electors.
Democrats have objected to electors each of the last three times a Republican was elected president — in 2000, 2004, and 2016.
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