It was a moment of opportunity; agreement that is so rare in today’s politics. RobinHoodApp, along with other stock trading apps prevented millions of Americans from buying Game Stop stock (among other stocks) while big funds and institutional buyers could still make their purchases. People on the Right and the Left were outraged. Democrat (Socialist?) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of those people, saying, “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.”
She followed up by saying that if committee meetings were needed in Congress, she would be in favor of it. In a worthy moment of bi-partisanship, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) retweeted her sentiments, adding, “Fully Agree.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t accept this. She couldn’t just be a normal person and let it go, or ignore him, or maybe find a way to work with Sen. Cruz. Instead, she went in the other direction, and accused him of attempted murder:
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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2021
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. https://t.co/4mVREbaqqm
As of writing this, the tweet was liked over 789,000 times. The question should be: Why?
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez accused Sen. Cruz of attempted murder. This isn’t something Americans should “like.” This should have them saying, “What the hell is this madness?” Sen. Cruz’ decision to push for a delay in certification of the Electoral College votes can be agreed or disagreed with (and it has!) But never, not once, did Sen. Cruz call for violence. Never, not once, did Sen. Cruz call for an attack on the Capitol. Never, not once, did Sen. Cruz ask for any one to be violent towards or attempt to harm Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, nor any other Democrat.
And yet, the story was gone as fast as it made news. The CNN-MSNBC-New-York-Times-Washington-Post-Trump-Hating-Anti-Republican Leftists moved on to other stories (like how those trading Game Stop were Nazis or White Supremacists or some other completely inane and inchoate blather that these bescumberers spread with glee. See; Chris Cillizza.)
Twitter, which has all sorts of rules for banishing people who promote or incite violence, said nothing. As you can see, her Tweet remains.
Conservatives are kicked off social media for any perceived slight. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo) is dropped by his then-publisher Simon and Schuster. From Jake Tapper to The View to Morning Joe, everyday is filled with calling any Trump supporter, “terrorists.” And President Biden tells us to tone down the rhetoric and a former president is impeached for “inciting violence” from his followers, while Rep. Ocasio-Cortez accuses a sitting Senator of attempted murder?
This is why calls for “unity” from the Left are met with gut-busting laughter from the Right! A media that isn’t willing to demand that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez apologize for her violent rhetoric – or note her violent rhetoric at all! – isn’t a media we can trust. The American people should be outraged at her, and at a media that failed to even question her indecency…or their own.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez lied about Sen. Cruz. She is ratcheting up the rhetoric. And Americans know it, even if the “media” won’t say it.