Twitter silent as AOC accuses Ted Cruz of attempted ‘murder’ on its platform

Twitter silent as AOC accuses Ted Cruz of attempted ‘murder’ on its platform

The Dem ‘Squad’ member accused the GOP senator of trying to have her murdered

Twitter appears to be steering clear of the serious accusations leveled by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on its platform Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has repeatedly called on Cruz to resign over his challenge to part of the Electoral College certification of President Biden’s victory, rejected the GOP lawmaker’s olive branch after the two of them agreed to conduct congressional hearings into the stock trading app Robinhood’s decision to block purchases of stock in companies like GameStop amid Wall Street chaos caused by amateur traders.


“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 told Cruz. “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.”

Critics blasted the Democratic “Squad” member’s rhetoric. The conservative Media Research Center (MRC) challenged Twitter to take action against her tweet and suggested hypocrisy by the tech giant after former President Donald Trump was permanently suspended from the platform earlier this month.


“A deranged Member of Congress accusing a US Senator of attempted murder? If Trump had lied like this, you would have shut him down,” MRC reacted. “@birdwatch @TwitterSafety – SUSPEND @AOC or prove your leftist bias. #SUSPENDAOC”

Conservative commentator Stephen Miller tested out Twitter’s new community fact-checking initiative “Birdwatch” by filing a report on the congresswoman’s “Misleading or potentially misleading” tweet.


“Ted Cruz did not attempt to have Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez murdered,” Miller asserted.

Others suggested that Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet amounts to “libel” and incitement of violence against the senator.

“Louder with Crowder” host Steve Crowder wrote, “I’m not saying this tweet is an attempt to incite violence against a sitting Senator. But a claim like that requires proof or it’s verifiable libel. You clearly see yourself as above the law.”

“@TwitterSafety I’d like to report this tweet. @AOC accusing a sitting senator of attempted murder…can we at least get a fact check? This type of accusation is not only subject to libel, it makes a lot of ppl feel unsafe. What if she’s inciting retaliation against @SenTedCruz?” RedState editor-at-large Kira Davis asked.

“I support @tedcruz filing a lawsuit for this libel. I support Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be investigated for incitement against Senator Cruz and irresponsibly spreading conspiracy and hateful rhetoric. This behavior should not be tolerated in Congress,” author Chad Felix Greene tweeted.

A spokesperson for Twitter told Fox News, “We’ve no comment on this.”

Ocasio-Cortez has heightened the rhetoric toward her GOP colleagues in recent weeks. On Wednesday, the congresswoman claimed that the House Republican caucus was made up of “White supremacist sympathizers” and that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., “answers to these QAnon members of Congress.”


“There are no consequences in the Republican caucus for violence, there’s no consequences for racism, no consequences for misogyny, no consequences for insurrection, and no consequences mean that they condone it,” Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC. “It means that silence is acceptance and they want it because they know that it is a core, animating energy for them and this is extremely dangerous.”

Phillip Stucky from The Daily Caller reports, Award-winning economist Thomas Sowell asserted, in a Tuesday interview on Fox Business, that Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “a rising star” when it comes to picking rhetoric over facts.

I was impacted in 1980 by the film series “Free to Choose” and I was very impressed by the performance by Thomas Sowell. Today he remembers his former teacher Milton Friedman.

Friedman could be a help today

    By  Thomas Sowell Creators Syndicate Tuesday July 31, 2012 7:00 AM

    If Milton Friedman were alive today — and there was never a time when he was more needed — he would be 100 years old. He was born on July 31, 1912. But professor Friedman’s death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense.

    Most people would not be able to understand the complex economic analysis that won him a Nobel Prize, but people with no knowledge of economics had no trouble understanding his books such as Free to Choose or the TV series of the same name.

    In being able to express himself at the highest level of his profession but also at a level that the average person could readily understand, Milton Friedman was like the economist whose theories and persona were most different from his own — John Maynard Keynes.

    Like many, if not most, people who became prominent as opponents of the left, professor Friedman began on the left. Decades later, looking back at a statement of his own from his early years, he said, “The most striking feature of this statement is how thoroughly Keynesian it is.”

    No one converted Milton Friedman, either in economics or in his views on social policy. His own research, analysis and experience converted him.

    As a professor, he did not attempt to convert students to his political views. I made no secret of the fact that I was a Marxist when I was a student in professor Friedman’s course, but he made no effort to change my views. He once said that anybody who was easily converted was not worth converting.

    I was still a Marxist after taking professor Friedman’s class. Working as an economist in the government converted me.

    What Milton Friedman is best known for as an economist was his opposition to Keynesian economics, which had largely swept the economics profession on both sides of the Atlantic, with the notable exception of the University of Chicago, where Friedman was trained as a student and later taught.

    In the heyday of Keynesian economics, many economists believed that inflationary government policies could reduce unemployment, and early empirical data seemed to support that view. The inference was that the government could make careful trade-offs between inflation and unemployment, and thus “fine-tune” the economy.

    Milton Friedman challenged this view with both facts and analysis. He showed that the relationship between inflation and unemployment held only in the short run, when the inflation was unexpected. But, after everyone got used to inflation, unemployment could be just as high with high inflation as it had been with low inflation.

    When both unemployment and inflation rose at the same time in the 1970s — “stagflation,” as it was called — the idea of the government “fine-tuning” the economy faded away. There still are some die-hard Keynesians today who keep insisting that the government’s stimulus spending would have worked, if only it was bigger and lasted longer.

    This is one of those heads-I-win-and-tails-you-lose arguments. Even if the government spends itself into bankruptcy and the economy still does not recover, Keynesians can always say that it would have worked if only the government had spent more.

    Although Milton Friedman became a conservative icon, he considered himself a liberal in the original sense of the word — someone who believes in the liberty of the individual, free of government intrusions. Far from trying to conserve things as they are, he wrote a book titled Tyranny of the Status Quo.

    Milton Friedman proposed radical changes in policies and institutions ranging from the public schools to the Federal Reserve. It is liberals who want to conserve and expand the welfare state.

    As a student of Friedman back in 1960, I was struck by two things — his tough grading standards and the fact that he had a black secretary. This was years before affirmative action. People on the left exhibit blacks as mascots. But I never heard Milton Friedman say that he had a black secretary, though she was with him for decades. Both his grading standards and his refusal to try to be politically correct increased my respect for him.

    Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

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