Fact Check: Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Block A Congressional Resolution Against Anti-Semitism?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Brandon Mulder, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio story produced by Alexandra HartMarch 24, 2021 1:58 pm,

From PolitiFact Texas:

Ted Cruz’s misleading attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over anti-Semitism

Two high-profile members of Congress — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. — were engaged in a Twitter spat in January over blame for the Capitol riots when the topic of their exchange veered to their records on condemning anti-Semitism.

At one point in the dialogue, Ocasio-Cortez said of the Capitol rioters, “They wore Auschwitz shirts, erected gallows, and tried to hang the Vice President. Your continued excusal and denial of Wednesday’s Neo-Nazi presence is abhorrent and dangerous. The most healing and unifying thing *you* can do is take responsibility for your actions and resign.”

Cruz responded, “Epic hypocrisy. Facts: 1) Nazis are evil bigots. 2) You & your anti-Israel pals blocked a resolution condemning anti-Semitism — which I passed unanimously in the Senate. 3) Unless they are genocidal, calling your political opponents Nazis is atrocious.”

The two continued to trade attacks over the handling of the resolutions, with Ocasio-Cortez accusing Cruz of lying and Cruz doubling down on his claim.

So what did happen with the Senate and House resolutions condemning anti-Semitism? There’s a lot to consider here, but for this fact-check, we focused on the question of whether Ocasio-Cortez and her allies “blocked a resolution condemning anti-Semitism” that Cruz “passed unanimously in the Senate.”

And we found Cruz’s version of events leaves out a lot of important context…

Read the full story and see how Cruz’s claim rated at PolitiFact. And listen to an interview with PolitiFact Texas’ Brandon Mulder in the audio player above.

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