Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Chip Roy have both sent letters to colleagues urging them to censure Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she accused Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of trying to have her murdered.
It began with a tweet in which Sen. Cruz fully agreed with the New York congresswoman on an issue regarding investigations into Robinhood, the online stock-trading app, after they temporarily suspended the ability to purchase certain stocks. They saw an uptick in stock prices after online investors in a Reddit forum rallied to buy up shares in the companies in order to “squeeze” Wall Street hedge Hund managers.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez wrote back, “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.”
Just last month, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted about how protests are supposed to make people feel uncomfortable. The tables are turned when the protesters bust down the door of a liberal’s office.
In a letter by Rep. Roy, he demanded the congresswoman immediately apologize and retract her comments. He said this heightened rhetoric from the radical left is preventing the work the American people sent them there to do. Sen. Lee also wrote a letter regarding her comments that Sen. Cruz was trying to rile up the protesters who stormed the Capitol.
“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 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,” Rep. Lee wrote.
Rep. Lee also issued a short statement on the power of impeachment regarding former President Trump’s trial. He said that if one allowed federal officials to be convicted on impeachment charges even after leaving office, the results would not only be problematic, but also contrary to the text, structure, and historical understanding of the Constitution.
Former President Trump is not allowed to tell his supporters to protest “peacefully and patriotically” but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is allowed to accuse one of her colleagues – twice – of attempted murder. If she had to follow her own rules, she’d be admonished or censured by the House.