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AOC Demands Ted Cruz Resign: ‘You Almost Had Me Murdered 3 Weeks Ago’


AOC Demands Ted Cruz Resign: ‘You Almost Had Me Murdered 3 Weeks Ago’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that she was willing to work with Republicans to investigate the stock trading app Robinhood, but was unwilling to work with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who she accused of attempted murder for his alleged role in encouraging the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

On Twitter, Cruz had seconded Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet calling for an investigation into Robinhood’s decision to halt trading on a number of stocks, including GameStop, on Thursday, to which the New York congresswoman responded.

“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 wrote.

“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. While you conveniently talk about ‘moving on,’ a second Capitol police officer lost their life yesterday in the still-raging aftermath of the attacks you had a role in. This isn’t a joke. We need accountability, and that includes a new Senator from Texas,” her tweet continued.

Five people died during the Jan. 6 riot, staged by supporters of former President Trump at the Capitol building to disrupt the certification of the presidential election results, including a Capitol Police officer.

About 140 officers were injured in the violent melee, the head of the Capitol Police officers’ union said. Additionally, two officers who worked to protect the US Capitol building during the attack have committed suicide in the weeks following the incident.

A number of House members tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following the incident, after being in lockdown with colleagues who were not wearing masks.

Calling out Cruz on Twitter on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez directed at least partial blame for the riot at the junior Republican senator from Texas.

“You haven’t even apologized for the serious physical + mental harm you contributed to from Capitol Police & custodial workers to your own fellow members of Congress. In the meantime, you can get off my timeline & stop clout-chasing,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Thanks. Happy to work with other GOP on this.”

Ocasio-Cortez had previously stated that during the violence she had a “very close encounter” and thought she “was going to die,” but didn’t elaborate on details.

“I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense,” she said during a Jan. 12 livestream on Instagram, adding, “We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes that allowed members to escape the House floor unharmed. Many of us merely narrowly escaped death.”


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