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Ted Cruz wishes AOC ‘Happy Birthday’ despite frequent spats, disagreements


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Sen. Ted Cruz wished his fellow member of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday, simply weeks after the dueling duo issued their newest assaults on each other.

“Happy Birthday to @AOC,” the Texas Republican wrote on Twitter with a number of birthday-themed emojis. “Although we disagree on many issues, we are both blessed to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

On Oct. 13, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) turned 32 years previous. Cruz is eighteen years her senior and shall be turning 51 in December. 

The New York Democrat didn’t straight reply to or like Cruz’s tweet, although she did like and reply to a number of different birthday wishes from different fellow members of the House. 

“Thank you all for the birthday wishes!” she tweeted Wednesday night. “Any advice for one’s 30s? It’s been a pandemic almost the whole time so far, so belated advice appreciated.” 

Cruz’s seeming nicely wishes come simply two weeks after the senator slammed Ocasio-Cortez for failing to maintain President Biden accountable over the border disaster — as she made a degree to in the course of the Trump administration — and challenged her to go to the “Biden cages.”

During a speech on the Senate flooring relating to the huge inflow of unlawful immigrants on the southern border, Cruz mocked the earlier go to by Ocasio-Cortez to a migrant facility in West Texas in 2018, when she was pictured standing close to fencing holding her fingers to her face. 

Ted Cruz's tweet to AOC
Ted Cruz’s tweet to AOC.

“Mr. President, every Democrat who stood up and lamented kids in cages, in the House of Representatives, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, has a famous photo of her grasping her head by the kids in cages,” the Texas senator stated, imitating the photograph. “Well, I’m going to give a simple challenge for Representative Ocasio-Cortez and for every Democrat in this body: Go see the Biden cages with your own eyes.”

Just days earlier than, Cruz lambasted Ocasio-Cortez for attending the Met Gala, the place she wore a extensively mocked costume that had the phrases “Tax the rich” printed on the again. 

“Cost per Ticket: $30,000. Virtue signaling to your base while partying—without a mask—with the people you claim to hate: Priceless,” Cruz tweeted.

The progressive congresswoman defended herself shortly after the occasion, noting that New York elected officers are sometimes invited to attend the Met Gala, and that she was certainly one of a number of there. 

“And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening,” she stated.

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez didn’t straight reply to or like Cruz’s tweet.

The two lawmakers have lengthy disagreed all through their time in Congress collectively and made headlines in early 2020 when the duo fought on Twitter over who knew extra about science, after Ocasio-Cortez slammed the choice to place then-Vice President Mike Pence accountable for the coronavirus activity power. 

“Mike Pence literally does not believe in science. It is utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of US coronavirus response as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic. This decision could cost people their lives. Pence’s past decisions already have,” she tweeted on the time.

“As you are speaking as the oracle of science, tell us, what exactly is a Y chromosome?” the Texas Republican shot again within the first of three sarcastic tweets concentrating on the New Yorker. 

“And at what age of gestation does science tell us that an unborn child feels physical pain?” he added.

The subsequent day, Ocasio-Cortez ramped up the feud, itemizing her educational accomplishments.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends The 2021 Met Gala
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2021 Met Gala.
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“Sen. Cruz, while I understand you judge people’s intelligence by the lowest income they’ve had, I hold awards from MIT Lincoln Lab &others for accomplishments in microbiology,” she wrote.

“Secondly, I’m surprised you’re asking about chromosomes given that you don’t even believe in evolution. Sincerely, an Intel global finalist, a fmr multi-year intern for Sen. Kennedy, a cum laude dual major in Economics & International Relations, a fmr Educational Director for national organization, Who to you is ‘just a bartender,’ And also your colleague,” she concluded, including a hyperlink to a 2018 story in Quartz about her profitable a science truthful in highschool.

Earlier this 12 months, their feud went a step additional after Ocasio-Cortez accused Cruz of virtually having her “murdered” in the course of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

The New York Democrat refused to apologize and advised The Post she caught by her assertion. 

“That’s not the quote and I will not apologize for what I said,” she stated. 

The rivalry got here after Cruz tried to increase an olive department to Ocasio-Cortez, saying he shared her concern concerning the Robinhood stock-trading platform proscribing a grassroots marketing campaign to purchase GameStop inventory. 

“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. 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,” the congresswoman replied to Cruz.

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