AOC Ready to Work with GOP on Robinhood Ban, Except Ted Cruz

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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If bipartisanship between Democrats and Republicans is going to occur anytime soon, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making sure everyone knows it’s not going to happen between her and Senator Ted Cruz.

On Thursday morning (Jan. 28), Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her opposition to amateur trading platform Robinhood’s decision to ban small investors from investing in stocks, including shares in GameStop. According to Yahoo! Finance, Robinhood’s move meant that hedge funds could buy and sell, but retail investors could only sell.

Backlash online was swift as politicians on both sides of the aisle called Robinhood’s move “market manipulation.” GameStop shares crashed to $126 Thursday morning, according to

Republicans like Donald Trump Jr. and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s sentiment about the stock market matter she described as “unacceptable.”

The New York Democrat, however, wasn’t about to give Cruz an opportunity to find common ground with her, especially since she considers the rhetoric he’s used over the last few months, including the false claim that there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election, as part of the reason pro-Trump rioters attacked on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

During an Instagram Live post a couple of weeks ago, Ocasio-Cortez detailed the “extremely traumatizing event” she experienced when she was forced to bunker down inside the Capitol building as Trump supporters stormed inside.

“I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die,” Ocasio-Cortez says during her livestream. “It is not an exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated.”

We jest, but maybe if he instigates another insurrection, Cruz will remember that a sincere apology goes a long way.