To answer the question in the headline…I do not personally believe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was inviting unstable, crazy people to harm Senator Ted Cruz.
These days we have to abandon nuance much of the time and state the obvious up front because conservative media is being punished and deplatformed by Big Tech for even whispering dissenting opinions on the mainstream narrative.
On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz tweeted out support for AOC’s position that Congress needs to be a bit more curious about how apps like Robinhood have been restricting free trading to favor hedge funds taking a beating on the free market. AOC, who never lets a good clapback go to waste, tweeted in return that she wanted nothing to do with Cruz’ cooperation as he “almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago.” One can hardly deny that according to current Big Tech censorship rules this type of statement might encourage some mentally unfit followers to avenge her attempted murder by bringing harm to Senator Cruz.
No one here is saying that AOC is being violent.
What we are saying is that according to our moral compass on the Right, she is simply being hyperbolic to make a point. She has an opinion and even if it’s a terrible take, it’s hers to wield as she sees fit.
What Big Tech and their cohorts in the Democrat media complex are saying and have been saying since January 6th is that anyone who says anything that could give even just a few crazies some dangerous ideas to commit violence is complicit in any violence that does occur. It doesn’t matter if it was your intention. If you tell a lie that someone believes as truth, or utter an opinion that someone then uses to justify madness then you are inciting violence and even sedition.
These are the rules. The Right did not make them. Bernie Bros did not make them. Donald Trump did not make them.
Left-wing Big Tech, Democrat media outlets and the Democrat party themselves made them. “Inciting” has become the word du jour and they’ll be sure to beat that horse until it’s dead, just like they did with “gravitas” and “privilege.” For now it has come to encompass anything that a mentally unstable person could perceive as a reason to be violent.
Under this logic, Jodi Foster is responsible for Reagan’s shooting. Maxine Waters is responsible for a summer of Antifa violence.
And most certainly CNN, MSNBC, The Democrat Party and every left-wing reporter and social media account on the internet are responsible for the near fatal shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise at a congressional baseball game. They had created so much hysteria surrounding impending Obamacare rollbacks that they incited a lunatic to kill any Republicans he could in defense of what he saw as (and had been told was) the only thing that could save healthcare for poor Americans.
AOC’s pettiness aside, it would be the preference for most on the right – including Senator Cruz, I suspect – for her to be able to tweet whatever ridiculousness she wants. However, unless Big Tech intends on returning their platforms to a market approach based on free speech values, I’m afraid we must insist that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez have her account suspended until she removes this possibly inciting tweet.
Who knows what crazies are out there right now planning to avenge her attempted murder by bringing harm to Cruz?
@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 ? https://t.co/Vp4gafh7rl
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) January 28, 2021
If AOC’s standard of “incitement” is applied to herself, she far exceeds the standard for having blood on her hands. 30 people were killed this summer. Your words fueled those riots, by your standard. By your standard, you had 30 people killed. Murderer. https://t.co/IEZKO79SGI
— Amanda (@AmandaPresto) January 28, 2021