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AOC slams Ted Cruz as a liar with blood on his hands for fundraising during the MAGA riot 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upped the Twitter feud with Ted Cruz on Thursday evening by calling him out for pleading for money in a fundraising text sent after protesters descended on the Capitol Wednesday.

‘@AOC You are a liar,’ Cruz tweeted Thursday after she claimed he was responsible for inciting the pro-Trump mob to obstruct Congress certifying the election for Joe Biden.

‘Oh – you’re accusing me of lying? Isn’t this you?’ Ocasio-Cortez shot back. ‘Your campaign sent out this fundraising message as people were sieging the Capitol. You claimed to be ‘leading the fight to reject electors.’

‘Clashes started around 1:20pm. This message was sent after the Capitol was breached,’ she pointed out.

Ocasio-Cortez attached an image of a text message to her tweet with the message the Texas senator’s team sent out on Wednesday.

‘Ted Cruz here,’ the text message to supporters begins. ‘I’m leading the fight to reject electors from key states unless there is an emergency audit of the election results.’

It adds: ‘Will you stand with me?’ along with a link to donate to him.

Ocasio–Cortez, in her third tweet in her thread against Cruz, demanded in a straightforward post that he: ‘Resign.’ 

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday lashed out at Senator Ted Cruz for fundraising in the midst of rioters descending on the Capitol Wednesday

The Texas Republican told Ocasio-Cortez 'I ain't going anywhere' after she demanded he resign for challenging the Electoral College results after the Capitol was breached by thousands of pro-Trump protesters

The Texas Republican told Ocasio-Cortez ‘I ain’t going anywhere’ after she demanded he resign for challenging the Electoral College results after the Capitol was breached by thousands of pro-Trump protesters

Ocasio-Cortez shot back at Cruz for calling her a liar

Ocasio-Cortez shot back at Cruz for calling her a liar

She posted an image of the text from Cruz sent to supporters asking for money about an hour after lawmakers were escorted from their chambers and told to shelter in place

She posted an image of the text from Cruz sent to supporters asking for money about an hour after lawmakers were escorted from their chambers and told to shelter in place 

She also tweeted a demand he 'resign'

She also tweeted a demand he ‘resign’

Senator Ted Cruz defended his decision to challenge the presidential election results on even after Congress was breached by thousands of protesters, claiming he was 'doing my job'

Senator Ted Cruz defended his decision to challenge the presidential election results on even after Congress was breached by thousands of protesters, claiming he was ‘doing my job’

‘Your complete refusal to acknowledge any of the above harm, wrongdoing, or even misjudgement; & your lack of any self-reflection in how these acts contributed to yesterday’s chaos is alarming. It is unbecoming of any elected official and makes you unfit for the office you occupy,’ she wrote in the thread.

The New York representative’s demand for Cruz’s resignation was a repeat after he said in an earlier tweet Thursday that he ‘ain’t going anywhere,’ claiming he was ‘doing his job’ by objecting to the Electoral College results.

‘Leading a debate in the Senate on ensuring election integrity is doing our jobs, and it’s in no way responsible for the despicable terrorists who attacked the Capitol yesterday,’ he posted.

‘And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere,’ he continued in a two-part thread. ‘When you and your socialist buddies 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.’

‘Sen. Cruz, you must accept responsibility for how your craven, self-serving actions contributed to the deaths of four people yesterday,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter Thursday.

‘Both you and Senator Hawley must resign,’ the progressive representative demanded. ‘If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion.’

In a 3:00 a.m. tweet Thursday morning, Cruz released a statement regarding the breach of the Capitol building hours earlier by thousands of protesters attempting to obstruct Congress from certifying the election for Joe Biden. 

Cruz, by calling the New York's representative a liaw, was responding to AOC's tweet demanding that he accept responsibility for the riots

Cruz, by calling the New York’s representative a liaw, was responding to AOC’s tweet demanding that he accept responsibility for the riots

The back-and-forth started with Cruz posting a statement to Twitter overnight condemning the attack on the Capitol but refusing to join other Republicans who abandoned the effort to challenge the election in the midst of the chaos

The back-and-forth started with Cruz posting a statement to Twitter overnight condemning the attack on the Capitol but refusing to join other Republicans who abandoned the effort to challenge the election in the midst of the chaos

Ocasio-Cortez also wants Senator Josh Hawley to step down. The Missouri Republican faced criticism after he was pictured appearing to stand in solidarity with protesters descending on Capitol Hill to disrupt the Congress certification

Ocasio-Cortez also wants Senator Josh Hawley to step down. The Missouri Republican faced criticism after he was pictured appearing to stand in solidarity with protesters descending on Capitol Hill to disrupt the Congress certification

‘The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system,’ Cruz wrote in his statement. ‘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.’

His statement sparked outrage from Ocasio-Cortez considering he still chose, earlier, to formally challenge the Electoral College results in a few states he felt did not conduct their 2020 presidential elections fairly – mainly traditional red states that swung blue this year. 

As pressure mounted on Cruz, and others who followed his lead to challenge the election Thursday, it emerged that shortly after the riots started, Cruz’s team sent out a fundraising plea via text to cash in on his demand to overturn Biden’s victory.

‘I’m leading the fight to reject electors from key states unless there is an emergency audit of the election results,’ the tweet from the Texas senator read.

It adds: ‘Will you stand with me?’ along with a link to donate to him.

Dozens of Republican lawmakers, including Cruz and fellow objector leader Senator Josh Hawley, are facing harsh condemnation after going forward with challenging the results following the unprecedented assault on the Capitol.

Throughout the certification process, which was delayed six hours due to pro-Trump protesters marching the halls, a total of eight senators and 139 House members objected to the Electoral College results in some states – including Arizona and Pennsylvania.

The eight senators who objected were Cruz, Hawley, Rick Scott, freshman Tommy Tuberville, Roger Marshall, John Kennedy and Cynthia Lummis and Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Initially, at least 15 GOP senators signaled in one way or the other they would object, including the eight above. The ones who changed their mind after the riots include Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, Mike Braun of Indiana, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and both Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty. 

Among those congressmen and women who joined the effort include House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representatives Matt Gaetz; Louie Gohmert; Paul Gosar; Jim Jordan; and just sworn-in Representatives Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor to Trump; and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist. A full list is published below. 

Democratic freshman Representative Cori Bush, a new progressive member of the ‘squad,’ is calling for the expulsion of these lawmakers and the others who she claims ‘incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election.’

Bush, who was among lawmakers evacuated from the House Chamber Wednesday, is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the chamber’s investigative arm.

Cruz, Hawley and other pro-objection Republicans now facing the prospect of significant money problems after top business leaders in America held a secret meeting and discussed ‘defunding’ the Republican ultras.  

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Dozens of Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are facing condemnation after objecting in the aftermath of the Capitol chaos Wednesday

The Wall Street Journal revealed that business leaders including claiming it’s time they ‘put their money where their mouths are’ and stop funding the leaders of the campaign to reverse the election.

Big business funnels millions of dollars each year into Congress through donations from CEOs and corporate leaders, donations on behalf of the companies and organizing political action committees which funnel donations from employees.

Cutting off the money supply to Hawley, Cruz and others would leave them depending on small dollar donations – and also see them facing primary challengers with corporate backing.  

‘We have to create some level of cost,’ Thomas Glocer, a former CEO of Thomson Reuters and a director at Merck and Morgan Stanley, told the Wall Street Journal after the meeting. 

‘Just coming out with another public letter isn’t going to do much. Money is the key way,’ the business leader – a Democratic donor – said.

Walt Disney Co. Executive Chairman Robert Iger, a Democrat, was among the business leaders on the call. Iger has expressed interest in being an ambassador in Biden’s administration. 

Lloyd Blankfein, senior chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., was also on the call as well as Accenture PLC CEO Julie Sweet, a Republican who has donated to Cruz, and Merck & Co. CEO Ken Frazier, who donated to candidates from both parties in the past. 

Anthony Scaramucci, who served for just 10 days as Trump’s White House Communications Director but has more recently been a critic of the president, was on the call.

People familiar with the virtual meeting say the discussion began with a conversation about political instability.

Another group of nearly 200 CEOs sent a letter on Monday urging Congress to accept Joe Biden as president-elect.

And inside the Republican caucus, Hawley, Cruz and their followers also faced fury from other senators – with Tom Cotton, an ultra-conservative, suggesting they aided insurrection.

Objectors are now facing the wrath of even some of their own supporters, who claim the scene at the Capitol Wednesday should have been enough to deter them from the symbolic protest of the outcome of the election.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton, a Trump critic who never planned to challenge the results even before the Wednesday chaos, attacked his colleagues for going forward with the plan in another sign the GOP is splitting in the aftermath of the November 3 election.

‘You felt that people should withdraw their objections?’ Fox News host Steve Doocey asked Cotton on ‘Fox & Friends’ Thursday morning.

‘Yes look, you have some Senators who for political advantage were giving false hope to their supporters misleading them into thinking that somehow yesterday’s actions in Congress could reverse the results of the election or even get some kind of emergency audit of the election results,’ the Arkansas senator explained.

‘That was never going to happen,’ Cotton continued. ‘Yet, these Senators – as insurrectionists literally stormed the Capitol – we’re sending out fundraising emails. That shouldn’t have happened, it’s got to stop now.’

Hawley, however, said during his remarks while objecting to Arizona’s results, that his challenge is not just symbolic – claiming his goal is to voice his legitimate concerns with the election process in 2020, mainly the laws changed to accommodate for a more lax mail-in voting system without, in some cases, state legislature approval.

The Missouri Republican came under fire after he was pictured appearing to stand in solidarity with the Trump protesters Wednesday by pumping his fist in the air in their direction as the mob descended on Capitol Hill.

Challenges to state outcomes were only deliberated if at least one Senator and one representative objected to the results. 

Sen. Tim Scott stops to look at damage in the early morning hours of Thursday after protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

Sen. Tim Scott stops to look at damage in the early morning hours of Thursday after protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

Members of the office of the Architect of the US Capitol are seen checking for damage in the Rotunda in Washington the morning after Trump supporters wreaked havoc

Members of the office of the Architect of the US Capitol are seen checking for damage in the Rotunda in Washington the morning after Trump supporters wreaked havoc 

Shattered reinforced glass and debris litter are seen on the East steps in the US Capitol in the aftermath of Wednesday's riot

Shattered reinforced glass and debris litter are seen on the East steps in the US Capitol in the aftermath of Wednesday’s riot

Thousands of Donald Trump's most fervent supporters descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the results of the presidential election and obstruct Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory

Thousands of Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the results of the presidential election and obstruct Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory

While Representative Jody Hice of Georgia objected to the results in Georgia, no senator objected, including outgoing Senator Kelly Loeffler, who previously said she would challenge the results in her own state but changed her mind following the chaos at the Capitol.

Hice said Biden’s win in the Peach State was tainted by ‘an unprecedented amount of fraud and irregularities.’ She did not provide any evidence for the claims.

Greene objected to Michigan’s electoral votes, but no senator joined.

Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama, who can be credited with leading the last-ditch effort to overturn the election results, objected to Nevada’s votes. Greene joined him in that challenge.

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the proceedings, announced deliberations would not launch on Georgia, Michigan or Nevada’s results, there were cheers from Democrats – and some Republicans.

Shortly before 4:00 a.m., Congress officially certified the Electoral College results for Joe Biden.

Also overnight, Trump finally claimed in a statement there would be a ‘peaceful transition’ of power. The message was released on Twitter through his adviser Dan Scavino after the president was locked out of his account for three tweets stoking protesters.

Among those facing criticism are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senator Josh Hawley - McCarthy is seen addressing Congress Wednesday night as they reconvened in the House Chamber

Among those facing criticism are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senator Josh Hawley – McCarthy is seen addressing Congress Wednesday night as they reconvened in the House Chamber 

Ted Cruz is among the lawmakers who are still pledging fealty to Donald Trump. Other lawmakers have called for his removal from office

Ted Cruz is among the lawmakers who are still pledging fealty to Donald Trump. Other lawmakers have called for his removal from office  

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump spoke to thousands of his supporters gathered on the Ellipse to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and Congress moving to certify the results.

After Trump left the stage, a large portion of those at the rally marched from there to Capitol Hill, where they stormed the steps of the building and were able to gain access.

For six hours protesters wandered the halls of Congress, banged on the House chamber doors, breached the doors of the Senate chamber, sat at the desks of lawmakers and their aides and wreaked havoc.

Four were killed, including a female Trump supporter who was shot in the chest.

When the Senate reconvened at 8 p.m., and the House of Representatives at 9:00 p.m. after the building was cleared and law enforcement continued throughout the night to push the perimeter of Capitol Hill further out.

THE REPUBLICANS SO LOYAL TO TRUMP THEY VOTED TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION – AFTER HIS MOB SMASHED UP THE CAPITOL

SENATORS  

Ted Cruz – Texas 

Josh Hawley – Missouri 

Cindy Hyde-Smith – Mississippi 

John Kennedy – Louisiana   

Cynthia Lummis – Wyoming 

Roger Marshall – Kansas 

Rick Scott – Florida 

Tommy Tuberville – Alabama 

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 Robert B. Aderholt – Alabama

Rick Allen – Georgia 

Jodey Arrington – Texas 

Brian Babin – Texas 

Jim Baird – Indiana 

Jim Banks – Indiana 

Jack Bergman – Michigan 

Cliff Bentz – Oregon 

Stephanie Bice – Oklahoma 

Andy Biggs – Arizona 

Dan Bishop – North Carolina 

Lauren Boebert – Colorado  

Mike Bost – Illinois 

Ted Budd – North Carolina 

Michael C. Burgess – Texas 

Mo Brooks – Alabama

Tim Burchett – Tennessee 

Ken Calvert – California

Kat Cammack – Florida 

Jerry Carl – Alabama

Earl L. ‘Buddy’ Carter – Georgia 

John R. Carter – Texas 

Madison Cawthorn – North Carolina        

Steve Chabot – Ohio 

Ben Cline – Virginia 

Michael Cloud – Texas

 Andrew Clyde – Georgia 

Tom Cole – Oklahoma 

Rick Crawford – Arkansas 

Warren Davidson – Ohio 

Scott DesJarlais – Tennessee

Mario Diaz-Balart – Florida 

Byron Donalds – Florida

Jeff Duncan – South Carolina 

Neal Dunn – Florida  

Ron Estes – Kansas 

Pat Fallon – Texas 

Michelle Fischbach – Minnesota 

Scott Fitzgerald – Wisconsin 

Chuck Fleischmann – Tennessee  

Virginia Foxx – North Carolina 

Russ Fulcher – Idaho  

Scott Franklin – Florida  

Matt Gaetz – Florida 

Mike Garcia – California 

Bob Gibbs – Ohio 

Carlos Gimenez – Florida 

Louie Gohmert – Texas 

Bob Good – Virginia 

Lance Gooden – Texas 

Paul Gosar – Arizona 

Garret Graves – Louisiana 

Sam Graves – Missouri 

Marjorie Taylor Greene – Georgia 

Mark E. Green – Tennessee 

Morgan Griffith – Virginia 

Michael Guest – Mississippi 

Jim Hagedorn – Minnesota 

Andy Harris – Maryland 

Diana Harshbarger – Tennessee 

Vicky Hartzler – Missouri  

Kevin Hern – Oklahoma 

Jody Hice – Georgia 

Clay Higgins – Louisiana 

Yvette Herrell – New Mexico 

Richard Hudson – North Carolina 

Darrell Issa – California   

Chris Jacobs – New York 

Ronny Jackson – Texas 

Bill Johnson – Ohio 

Mike Johnson – Louisiana   

Jim Jordan – Ohio

John Joyce – Pennsylvania

Fred Keller – Pennsylvania 

Mike Kelly – Pennsylvania

Trent Kelly – Mississippi 

David Kustoff – Tennessee 

Doug LaMalfa – California

Brian Mast – Florida

Doug Lamborn – Colorado 

Jacob LaTurner – Kansas 

Debbie Lesko – Alabama 

Billy Long – Missouri 

Barry Loudermilk – Georgia 

Frank Lucas – Oklahoma 

Blaine Luetkemeyer – Missouri 

Nicole Malliotakis – New York 

 Tracey Mann – Kansas   

Kevin McCarthy – California 

Lisa McClain – Michigan 

Daniel Meuser – Pennsylvania 

Carol Miller – West Virginia 

Mary Miller – Illinois  

Alexander Mooney – West Virginia 

Barry Moore – Alabama 

Markwayne Mullin – Oklahoma 

Gregory Murphy – North Carolina 

Troy Nehls – Texas 

Ralph Norman – South Carolina 

Devin Nunes – California 

Jay Obernolte – California 

Burgess Owens – Utah 

Steven Palazzo – Mississippi 

Gary Palmer – Alabama

Greg Pence – Indiana 

Scott Perry – Pennsylvania 

August Pfluger – Texas 

Bill Posey – Florida 

Guy Reschenthaler – Pennsylvania 

Tom Rice – South Carolina 

Harold Rogers – Kentucky 

Mike Rogers – Alabama 

John Rose – Tennessee 

Matt Rosendale – Montana

David Rouzer – North Carolina

John Rutherford – Florida

Steve Scalise – Louisiana 

David Schweikert – Arizona 

Pete Sessions – Texas 

Adrian Smith – Nebraska 

Jason Smith – Missouri 

Lloyd Smucker – Pennsylvania 

Elise Stefanik – New York 

Greg Steube – Florida

Chris Stewart – Utah 

Glenn Thompson – Pennsylvania 

Tom Tiffany – Wisconsin 

William Timmons – South Carolina 

Jeff Van Drew – New Jersey 

Beth Van Duyne – Texas 

Tim Walberg – Michigan  

Jackie Walorski – Indiana 

Randy Weber – Texas 

Daniel Webster – Florida 

Roger Williams – Texas

Joe Wilson – South Carolina 

Robert Wittman – Virginia 

Ron Wright – Texas 

Lee Zeldin – New York  

 

 


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