AOC Won’t Stop Haunting Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley

If I got dragged like this, I’d probably ask to be put into witness protection

Andrea González-Ramírez
GEN
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3 min readJan 28, 2021

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Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are going to need a few sessions of shiatsu to recuperate after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent the last three weeks stepping on their necks.

The two Republican senators, who promoted conspiracy theories to challenge the general election outcome and in the process enabled an attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, have been continually reminded of their sedition by the New York Democrat. Every time Cruz or Hawley attempt to pivot the conversation, Ocasio-Cortez has been ready to pounce on Twitter with the zeal of the “retire bitch”-era Danny DeVito.

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet calling for a legislative hearing into the Robinhood app’s decision to block small retail investors from purchasing stock after this week’s GameStop fiasco. (The recent market chaos sounds like Shyriiwook to me, so here is an explainer.) An absentminded — or clout-seeking — Cruz replied with a nonchalant “Fully agree” to AOC’s suggestion. In normal times, the story would end there: Pre-insurrection, they two had polite exchanges and even expressed optimism about working together toward common policy goals.

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Andrea González-Ramírez
GEN
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Award-winning Puerto Rican journalist. Senior Writer at New York Magazine’s The Cut. Formerly GEN, Refinery29, and more. Read my work: https://www.thecut.com/