Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) is urging House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to call on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to immediately retract and apologize for a tweet in which she falsely said to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “you almost had me murdered” and suggested he was “trying to get me killed.”
“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,” Rep. Roy wrote to Pelosi on Thursday.
Roy calls it “completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge” against another congressman, Roy writes, adding that if Ocasio-Cortez does not immediately apologize, Republicans will use “alternative means to condemn” the false claims.
On January 6 of this year, when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol while votes electing Joe Biden as president were being certified, Sen. Cruz was “simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors,” not threatening Ocasio-Cortez, Roy says.
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 Rep. Chip Roy’s letter to Speaker Pelosi:
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House of Representatives
H232 United States Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
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.
Member of Congress
cc: The Honorable Kevin