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Cruz hits back after Ocasio-Cortez calls for his resignation

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Poll: Majority of voters support bipartisan commission to probe potential irregularities in the 2020 election MORE (R-Texas) defended his decision to object to the certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE's Electoral College victory during a joint session of Congress after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez spent inauguration evening supporting striking workers in New York Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation MORE (D-N.Y.) called on him to resign after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

"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," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the lawmaker on Thursday.

"Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion," she added, referring to Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack MORE (R-Mo.), who also objected to the certification effort. 

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Cruz responded by calling the congresswoman "a liar." 

"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," Cruz said. "And sorry, I ain’t going anywhere. 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."

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Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have claimed that widespread voter fraud led to an unfair election in November. Those claims have been rejected by several courts in key battleground states where the Trump campaign filed lawsuits contesting the results. 

Soon after debate began on Biden's victory on Wednesday, pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to go into hiding and stopping the proceedings. 

Cruz condemned the violent outburst by Trump supporters, calling it "a despicable act of terrorism." 

Ocasio-Cortez and dozens of other lawmakers have called for invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump, saying he is a danger to the country. 

"Our republic is in great danger, and it is imperiled further without swift action to protect it," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in separate tweets. "The President incited an attack on Congress. He is deeply unstable. The Cabinet must invoke the 25th amendment. Congress must also pursue impeachment and removal of the President."