Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Photos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan MORE (D-N.Y.) chided Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State MORE (R-Texas) after the Republican posted a picture of himself having dinner with former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE this week.
"Had a great dinner tonight with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago," Cruz said in his social media post on Tuesday evening. "He’s in great spirits! We spent the evening talking about working together to re-take the House & Senate in 2022."
Ocasio-Cortez shared Cruz's tweet with her nearly 13 million followers, with the added comment: "Nothing like reminiscing about attempted coups over a bouquet of flowers."
Nothing like reminiscing about attempted coups over a bouquet of flowers https://t.co/klW3pSRxp8— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 5, 2021
Cruz was one of just two GOP senators to object to the congressional certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory in January, citing unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud peddled by Trump and his most vocal supporters.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of several leading Democrats to call for Cruz to resign for what they described as an active role in promoting conspiracy theories about electoral fraud that fueled the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. 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 Cruz the day after the insurrection. "Both you and Senator Hawley must resign. If you do not, the Senate should move for your expulsion."
Cruz responded by calling the progressive lawmaker "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 replied. "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."
Three months later, Cruz was slamming the Biden administration's immigration policies when Ocasio-Cortez took aim at him again.
“Maybe Mexico shouldn’t let YOU in the next time you try to run away from your job to sip umbrella drinks in Cancún,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at Cruz in reference to the Texas lawmaker being seen flying to Cancun while millions of people in his home state went without power and water due to a major snowstorm earlier this year. “A reminder that your resignation is 84 days past due. At least."