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"You almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter Thursday in response to Ted Cruz

By Ashley Boucher
January 28, 2021 10:11 PM
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Spars with Ted Cruz
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for Sen. Ted Cruz's resignation.

Cruz retweeted a post from Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday supporting her call for an investigation into Robinhood's decision to block users from purchasing stock in the wake of the GameStop surge.

Ocasio-Cortez then retweeted Cruz's retweet, saying that while she is "happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there's common ground," Cruz was not a welcome ally.

"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," she said on Twitter.

"Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren't trying to get me killed," she added. "In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign."

Ever since the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez has been calling for accountability for those in Congress who fueled baseless claims that the results of the 2020 presidential election were fraudulent — including Cruz.

"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 in another tweet, linking to a report that a second police officer has died by suicide in the wake of the attack on the Capitol.

"This isn't a joke," she said. "We need accountability, and that includes a new Senator from Texas."

According to CNN, Cruz then said that Ocasio-Cortez's comments were a form of "partisan anger" that is "not healthy for our country." (Also on Thursday, Republican Rep. Chip Roy said Ocasio-Cortez should apologize for accusing Cruz "in essence, of attempted murder.")

Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted to Cruz, "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," she wrote. "Happy to work with other GOP on this."

Days after the insurrection attempt, Ocasio-Cortez shared her experience in an Instagram Live, revealing that she feared for her life while hiding from the rioters.

"Many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated," she said. "It's just not an exaggeration to say that at all."

She also said that she feared certain members of Congress, whom she called white supremacists, would reveal her location to the rioters.

Elsewhere in the Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez accused Republican lawmakers of "playing to cameras," saying they "don't care about being a damn legislature to serve the U.S. ... because if they cared, they would have certified our Democratic elections."

"If they cared, they wouldn't have amplified the lie ... if they cared, they would have protected their colleagues instead of tweeting out their locations for the mob to find them," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "They would have acted with integrity, but they didn't. They don't care."

She called on Cruz and Sen. Josh Hawley to "get out" of Congress, specifically calling out Hawley for fist-pumping the rioters.

Both Cruz and Hawley objected to multiple states' election results, which was in line with the insurrectionists' wishes.

Spokespeople for both Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment Thursday.