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GOP congressman demands Ocasio-Cortez apologize following Twitter exchange with Cruz

Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday demanded Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: The center strikes back Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Harris rebounds after difficult trip MORE (D-N.Y.) apologize for comments she made slamming Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) on Twitter earlier in the day. 

In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack GOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection MORE (D-Calif.), Roy said that it had "come to his attention" that the interaction between Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez had taken place. 

"It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused Senator Ted Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder," Roy, who previously served as Cruz’s chief of staff, wrote. 

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"As a member of this body who disagreed with 'objections' to the electors and who has expressed publicly my concerns about the events leading to January 6th, it is completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member in the House or Senate for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution," he continued. 

"I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments." 

Cruz and Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP divided over bills targeting tech giants Pence heckled with calls of 'traitor' at conservative conference Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision MORE (Mo.) were among several Republicans in the Senate who led an effort to object to the 2020 election results when Congress convened to certify President BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE's win. Critics of the lawmakers' actions argue that their effort was one of the factors that led to the Capitol riot that ensued the same day. 

In addition, large swaths of the House GOP joined efforts to object to 2020 election results. Roy was among a minority of GOP House members who did not join the challenge.

Ocasio-Cortez earlier Thursday slammed Cruz after he co-signed her condemnation of stock-trading app Robinhood halting trading of GameStop stocks after a number of Reddit users targeted the stock. 

“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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response. “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. 

At least one participant in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol reportedly made violent threats against Ocasio-Cortez specifically.

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Roy concluded the letter stating that if Ocasio-Cortez did not apologize for her words there would be other measures pursued to condemn her statement. 

“If Representative Ocasio-Cortez does not apologize immediately, we will be forced to find alternative means to condemn this regrettable statement,” Roy, wrote in a letter to Pelosi on Thursday.

The Hill has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.