Thirteen House Republicans have teamed up to pressure fellow Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to apologize to Sen. Ted Cruz for accusing him of attempted murder. The 13 representatives sent the joint letter to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, on Monday.

Leading the Effort

Rep. Chip Roy is leading the effort to make Ocasio-Cortez take ownership of the comments that she made last Thursday via Twitter. In the comments, she accused Cruz of “trying to get me killed,” in reference to the January 6 attacks on the Capitol. While Cruz was certainly not responsible for the attacks, Ocasio-Cortez claims that he was part of the problem.

Ironically, the conversation began when Ocasio-Cortez agreed that there needed to be an investigation into the Robinhood stock-trading app for its role in keeping some of its customers from trading select stocks.

Joining in on the Letter

The letter to Pelosi was signed by Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado; Barry Moore of Alabama; Jeff Duncan of South Carolina; Jody Hice of Georgia; Ted Budd and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina; Michael Burgess, Pat Fallon, Ronny Jackson, Pete Sessions, and Randy Weber of Texas; Yvette Harrell of New Mexico; and Doug LaMalfa of California.

In the letter, the signees expressed their rightful opinion that it was unacceptable behavior for Ocasio-Cortez to level an accusation of attempted murder at a colleague. In addition, the signees pointed out that Cruz was only engaging in his legal right of free speech and debate as interpreted by the Constitution. In asking Pelosi to ask Ocasio-Cortez to apologize and retract her comments, the 13 GOP representatives stood up for Cruz.