Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made headlines last week after a heated Twitter exchange in which the progressive congresswoman accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of “trying to get [her] killed,” an apparent reference to a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol perpetrated by a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters on Jan. 6.
Now, AOC has received a stunning rebuke from one of her colleagues in the House who says she must “apologize immediately” for her “regrettable statement.”
According to the Washington Examiner, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy defended his fellow Texas Republican in a demanding letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“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. “If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement.”
“You can sit this one out”
According to the Examiner, Roy’s comments came after Ocasio-Cortez issued a fiery tweet slamming Cruz after the senator said he “fully agreed” with the congresswoman’s call for an investigation into brokerages like Robinhood who she said had blocked “retail investors from purchasing stock” in certain companies, including GameStop, amid claims of heightened market volatility.
Fully agree. 👇 https://t.co/rW38zfLYGh
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 28, 2021
According to Fox News, AOC fired back that while she’s “happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground,” Sen. Cruz “almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago.”
“So you can sit this one out,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Happy to work [with] almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign,” she wrote to Cruz.
“Completely unacceptable behavior”
In response, Roy didn’t mince words. “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 wrote in his Thursday letter to Pelosi.
Roy also called on Pelosi to demand that Ocasio-Cortez “immediately apologize and retract her comments.”
“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,” the congressman concluded Thursday.
If Democrats truly want to put forth a “message of unity” in the first weeks of Joe Biden’s administration, they might want to consider taking Roy’s words to heart.