Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday accused Sen. Ted Cruz of almost having her murdered. Really.
She was responding to a two-word tweet from Cruz agreeing with her about the need for a congressional hearing about the recent stock market insanity. “Happy to work w/almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed,” she wrote, presumably with a straight face, before calling on Cruz to resign.
In fact, Cruz did not try to have AOC murdered. What he did do was formally object to the certification of the Electoral College vote in a more or less ceremonial joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, the same day an angry mob forced its way into the U.S. Capitol.
In AOC’s mind, Cruz is responsible for what happened, along with then-President Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley, and more than 120 other members of Congress. They incited the mob by questioning the election results, you see, and because some people in that mob were violent and unruly, Cruz and the others basically tried to have AOC murdered. Or so goes this thinking.
It’s easy to laugh off AOC’s brittle hyperbole here, but these kinds of outlandish logical leaps have become commonplace in recent weeks, along with a tendency to pretend rote political catchphrases like “fight for your country” or “fight like hell”—a phrase Trump used in his Jan. 6 speech—should be taken literally, as an incitement to violence, which is ridiculous.