Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to intervene and force Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to apologize for tweeting Sen. Ted Cruz “almost had me murdered” during the Capitol riot.
Roy wrote to Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday that the 31-year-old Democrat, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, must say she’s sorry.
“[S]he accused Senator Ted Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder,” Roy wrote.
“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.”
Roy continued, “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.”
Spokespeople for Ocasio-Cortez, commonly known as AOC, and for Pelosi did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The avowed “democratic socialist” accused Cruz of being responsible for the violence that disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory because he objected to Arizona’s electors, citing federal court rulings extending a voter registration deadline and insisting on a national audit of voter fraud.
She tweeted at Cruz on Thursday after he offered an olive branch of alliance against a possible government crackdown on small-dollar investors waging war against hedge funds by buying GameStop stock.
AOC wrote: “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.”
Roy did not specify how Republicans might condemn AOC if she doesn’t say sorry.
Roy is well-known for being an independent-minded and outspoken Republican. He has flouted Pelosi’s new metal detectors outside the House chamber, saying “I will not comply.” He also slammed former President Donald Trump for his pre-riot speech on Jan. 6, saying he “deserves universal condemnation for clearly what was in my opinion impeachable conduct.” But Roy opposed an article of impeachment as written and didn’t join 10 House Republicans voting against Trump.