Rep. Chip Roy Wants Nancy Pelosi To Make AOC Apologize To Poor Ted Cruz RIGHT NOW!
One of the fascinating aspects of this whole Game Stop thing is the way battle lines are not being drawn along the usual left-right lines, but are instead dependent on the amount of fucks one has to give about rich people's feelings (or the amount they want to look like they don't give a fuck about rich people's feelings) / how much they enjoy watching hedge fund mangers freak out. This is creating some very strange bedfellows.
Ted Cruz, however, is one person who must always be kicked out of bed by women of good will.
Yesterday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez eloquently criticized the Robinhood app for prohibiting users from buying the stocks of GameStop, AMC, Bed Bath and Beyond, and others that had been targeted by Reddit users — targeted because hedge funds were constantly shorting them. AOC called for a Financial Services Committee hearing on the matter, and Ted Cruz, of all people, quote tweeted her, adding "Fully agree."
You know, while it's probably not the way people who talk about how much they love bipartisanship envisioned bipartisanship happening, this is the kind of bipartisanship that would actually be pretty good. In fact, if everyone could work together to make hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman whine more about how mean and unfair everyone is to billionaires, that would be a beautiful thing. But Ted Cruz cannot be invited to that party.
Given the way that Cruz's actions and rhetoric contributed to the January 6 insurrection that very well could have cost her and her coworkers their lives, AOC was not interested in holding hands and singing Kumbaya — and was more than happy to tell him so.
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.
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. https://t.co/4mVREbaqqm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez is not being hyperbolic there. One of the Capitol rioters (who has since been arrested) had publicly called for her assassination. Just like Josh Hawley and other Republicans who pushed lies about the election being rigged or stolen and who refused to certify the election results because of that, Cruz shares responsibility for what happened.
The fact is, these people haven't even yet admitted that they lied. It would be one thing if they at least admitted they were full of shit and only saying that the election was rigged because it was what Trump voters wanted to hear, but they haven't. And, as Ocasio-Cortez noted in another tweet to Cruz, he hasn't apologized for it either.
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. Thanks.
Happy to work with other GOP on this.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2021
Alas, after her tweet, Texas Congressman Chip Roy — a person who, among other faults, is a 48-year-old man who goes by "Chip" — now believes that AOC is the one who owes poor Ted Cruz an apology for suggesting he is an attempted murderer. As if it's the first time that's happened. Rep. Roy even went so far as to send a letter right to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, demanding that she admonish Ocasio-Cortez for saying such cruel things when poor Ted Cruz was just "engaging in speech."
Dear Speaker Pelosi,
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. 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. I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments. 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.
Really? He's mad about heightened rhetoric? In a world where Donald Trump just stopped being president? In which Ted Cruz and others just accused Democrats of stealing an election? I don't think so. They have lost their right to complain about "scurrilous charges" and "heightened rhetoric" for at least the next 20 years — and if they've been polite and "statesmanlike" that whole time, we can revisit it then. Maybe.
Why is it okay for Ted Cruz to accuse people of crimes that didn't happen, but not okay for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to point out the way in which Ted Cruz's "heightened rhetoric" could have led to her getting killed? And did in fact lead to several other people being killed?
Republicans have really latched onto this "unity" crap — not as a way to foster the kind of bipartisanship that might be accomplished by non-murdery members of the GOP working with AOC on investigating the Robinhood app, but rather to demand that they get to do and say whatever horrible things they want and Democrats have to suck it up, and, instead of fighting back, compliment their lovely invisible robes. They're using it as a cudgel while demanding that no one point out they are using it as a cudgel. That's not going to fly with congresswomen like AOC around, so they better figure out a new brand of bullshit before they get cudgeled up the nose (figuratively).
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