Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has sent a letter to his colleagues in the Republican conference of the Senate asking them to call on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to retract and apologize for a tweet in which she falsely claimed that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “almost had me murdered” and suggested Cruz was “trying to get me killed.”
Lee said that if Ocasio-Cortez "refuses" to retract or apologize for these comments or "perhaps even if she doesn't" refuse, "she should be admonished or censured by the House."
"It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused one of our colleagues—twice—of attempted murder," Lee said in his letter.
"This is neither acceptable nor excusable," he said.
"I believe that, as a conference, we should immediately and publicly call on her to retract her statement and apologize," wrote Lee. "If she refuses to do so—and perhaps even if she doesn’t—I think she should be admonished or censured by the House. This is not acceptable."
Ocasio-Cortez made her accusations against Cruz in tweets posted on Thursday. First, she responded to a tweet by Cruz in which he told her that he fully agreed with her on an issue. In this initial tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said:
“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.”
Ocasio-Cortez then followed up with two more tweets--one implying Cruz is responsible for a police officer’s suicide and another accusing him of helping to inflict psychological harm, as well.
“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," Ocasio-Cortez said.
“This isn’t a joke. We need accountability, and that includes a new Senator from Texas,” she said.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Here is the full text of Sen. Mike Lee’s Dear Colleague letter:
It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused one of our colleagues — twice — of attempted murder. (I have attached a link below). This is neither acceptable nor excusable. I believe that, as a conference, we should immediately and publicly call on her to retract her statement and apologize. If she refuses to do so — and perhaps even if she doesn’t — I think she should be admonished or censured by the House. This is not acceptable.
If you disagree with me on this, I would sincerely welcome your feedback. But it violates every instinct in me to sit back and do nothing in response to such an accusation. Especially at a moment like this one, we really shouldn’t ignore it.