Texas rep demands Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologize for tweets to Ted Cruz

A Texas representative is demanding that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologize and retract comments made to Sen. Ted Cruz over Twitter in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Chip Roy, who represents parts of Austin, San Antonio and Central Texas, asks Pelosi to implore Ocasio-Cortez to retract her comments, or he (and presumably other Republicans) “will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement.”

“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.”

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Ocasio-Cortez had harsh words for Cruz when he expressed agreement with Ocasio-Cortez’s call to look into stock trading app Robinhood for blocking people from purchasing stock in GameStop and other companies as Wall Street reels from a sudden increase in share prices for shorted stocks, Chron’s Jay R. Jordan reported.

“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 in response to Cruz, referencing the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Cruz has faced widespread criticism for his vocal objection to certifying the 2020 presidential election results and parroting former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

Ocasio-Cortez called on Cruz to resign and reiterated that she’s willing to work with other Republicans in Congress on the issue.

Roy is in his second term as representative. He previously served as Cruz’s chief of staff during Cruz’s first term as senator.