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New York socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is demanding GOP Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz resign from office.
In a clip posted on social media, AOC spoke to supporters about Cruz and Hawley contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election last week, saying that they needed to “get out” and they “do not belong” in the U.S. Senate.
“And so, I want to be clear to Senator Ted Cruz, you do not belong in the United States Senate. I want to be clear to Senator Josh Hawley, you do not belong in the United States Senate,” AOC ranted in an hour-long Instagram Live video. “You do not belong in any democratically elected seat when you don’t, when you do not believe that that election was even legitimate, according to your self-serving claims. So get out.”
“If they had any shred of integrity, any shred of integrity about their claims, their lies really, but their claims about this election, they would take off their pin and turn it in,” she continued. “But this isn’t about the truth to them. This is about if they want to be president in 2024. Let me give you a sneak peak. You will never be president. You will never command the respect of this country. Ever. Ever. And you should resign. So should every member of Congress that voted to overturn the results of our election.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2021
Regarding Cruz, Hawley, and others contesting the results of the election, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley noted that Democrats have raised some of the same objections in the past and that “it was not constitutional arson then, and it is not that now.”
“It is the use of a federal law to raise a challenge that has been raised in past elections over important issues of voter fraud or irregularity,” Turley wrote. “As with past Democratic challenges, this one by Republicans will not succeed. However, the point of yelling ‘fire!’ is to cause panic for political purposes.”
Here’s an interesting tid bit to remember: We have seen Cruz and Hawley disavow political violence regardless of the political affiliation of the people doing it.