[COMMENTARY] AOC and Ted Cruz Battling on Twitter
Senator Ted Cruz released a weak tweet on Thursday containing his statement regarding the violent events that took place in the Capitol on Wednesday. Cruz, one of the architects of the Electoral College vote protest, conveniently overlooking his role in the insurrection as a supporter of both Donald Trump and his MAGA minions. Cruz tweeted an explanation for his sedition just before the events occurred, saying “My colleagues and I are taking a stand to protect the integrity of our democratic process & the integrity of the election by calling for an Electoral Commission to conduct an emergency audit that examines serious allegations of voter fraud.”
By nightfall, Cruz was desperately trying to walk back his involvement, tweeting a full statement, making excuses and taking no responsibility for his part in enabling Trump and his base over the last four years.
Cruz tweeted his statement just before midnight Eastern Time, prefacing it by saying, “The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. We must come together and put this anger and division behind us. We must, and I am confident we will, have a peaceful and orderly transition of power.”
The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. We must come together and put this anger and division behind us. We must, and I am confident we will, have a peaceful and orderly transition of power. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/84HHQdpMZd
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 7, 2021
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of many Twitter users who jumped on Cruz, who usually ignores negative criticisms on the platform. But AOC is a trigger for all MAGA men, and he just couldn’t help responding with a ridiculous and condescending tweet of his own.
Sen. Cruz, you must accept responsibility for how your craven, self-serving actions contributed to the deaths of four people yesterday. And how you fundraised off this riot.
Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion. https://t.co/O2m6T59LYP
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021
Cruz used his personal account instead of his government account to respond.
2/2 …try to massively raise taxes, when you try to pass the green new deal & destroy millions of jobs, when you push for amnesty, when you try to pack the Supreme Court w/ activists to undermine our Constitutional rights…
I will fight that every step & stand with the People.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 7, 2021
It was pretty clear on which side Twitter fell on this particular argument.
— Steven Boyer (@SteveBoyer5000) January 7, 2021
And of course, there’s this reminder as to whom is really at fault.
— Seth (@SethAbramovitch) January 7, 2021
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, the Senate should impeach and expel every member of the GOP who enabled him, starting with Ted Cruz.