'You Almost Had Me Murdered': AOC Gives Ted Cruz The Virtual Hand After He Tries Bonding Over Stock App Fiasco
AOC hit Ted Cruz with an "AHT AHT" on Thursday after the controversial senator agreed with her about the Robinhood fiasco.
January 28, 2021 at 11:12 pm
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) checked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after the controversial Republican tried to express shared sentiment with the congresswoman over the recent Robinhood controversy.
Social media has been inundated with conversations about investment app Robinhood this week after thousands of users began to intentionally target wealthy hedge funds that made huge bets against major companies like GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry, Nokia and others, according to Vice and The New York Times. To screw over billion-dollar hedge funds that bet heavily on the idea that the companies would fail, members of a group on Reddit bought stock in the companies en masse to raise the stock price and cause the hedge funds to lose billions.
Robinhood, which has close ties to several hedge funds, announced on Thursday morning that they would no longer allow people to buy stock in GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry or Nokia, only allowing people to trade their stocks.
This decision caused outrage online and accusations that Robinhood was effectively manipulating the market to help the hedge funds that were losing billions due to the actions of thousands of average people."This is unacceptable. We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp’s decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit. As a member of the Financial Services Cmte, I’d support a hearing if necessary," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Cruz tweeted that he agreed with Ocasio-Cortez's actions.
Before anyone on Twitter could relish in any brief bipartisanship, Ocasio-Cortez was quick to remind Cruz that despite their agreement, she still thinks he should resign for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on Congress that led to the death of five people and the desecration of the Capitol Building.
Fully agree. 👇 https://t.co/rW38zfLYGh— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 28, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez did not hold back, referencing reports from federal law enforcement that the domestic terrorists who attacked Congress sought to kidnap members of Congress and many were specifically looking to kill her.
Cruz was one of the leading Republicans who spent months spreading outright lies about the 2020 election and sought to have the votes of millions of people thrown out despite no evidence of impropriety anywhere.
According to The Washington Post, Garret A. Miller tweeted "assassinate AOC" about an hour after he was a part of a group that broke into the Capitol Building following a series of speeches from former President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders who ordered their followers to attack Congress.
"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," she wrote.
"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," she added, sharing a story about a Capitol Police officer who died by suicide this week after participating in the defense of the Capitol Building.
"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," Ocasio-Cortez noted.
Ocasio-Cortez has not let up in demanding that the Republicans who were involved in the effort to overthrow the government should either resign or be forced out of their positions of power. She has tweeted and spoken in interviews about the danger Republicans put all members of Congress in by spending months spreading misinformation about the election and stoking unwarranted rage about Trump's election loss.
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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2021
In the meantime, you can get off my timeline & stop clout-chasing. Thanks.
Happy to work with other GOP on this.
Cruz, along with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley have each faced calls and petitions nationally and locally in their home states to resign, but both have refused.
Some Republicans, like Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, have apologized for involving themselves in Trump's efforts to throw out the votes of millions and stay in power unfairly. Many have noted that Republicans devoted significant time and money into specifically targeting the votes of Black people like the ones that they wanted to be thrown out so that Trump could be named the winner.
Cruz criticized Ocasio-Cortez's response as emblematic of how lawmakers were unwilling to reach across the aisle, but the representative shot back on Twitter again.
"Oh, there’s anger? Now why would there be anger that Cruz amplified known lies about our election that fueled an insurrection that cost ppl’s lives? What does he think the logical response to his lies should be? A hug? Maybe there’s anger bc his actions deserve accountability," she wrote.
"'We need healing + unity, but I will not take any responsibility for my actions, nor will I acknowledge the contributions my lies made to the violence or the harm that it caused, nor do I believe anyone should be held accountable. But if you’re mad at that you’re divisive.' - GOP," she added.