Ted Cruz Says AOC Giving 'Good Advice' About Coronavirus Precautions

Republican Senator Ted Cruz praised a precautionary message to New Yorkers about coronavirus (COVID-19) from Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying it was "good advice" for "everywhere."

Cruz, a staunchly conservative lawmaker from Texas, and Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified democratic socialist from New York, may be from polar opposites of the American political spectrum, but they are on the same page when it comes to steps people should take in response to the threat of coronavirus. In a Saturday tweet, the New York congresswoman shared advice with her constituents, which Cruz retweeted several hours laters, suggesting people around the country should take note.

"To everyone in NYC but ESPECIALLY healthy people & people under 40 (bc from what I'm observing that's who needs to hear this again): PLEASE stop crowding bars, restaurants, and public spaces right now. Eat your meals at home," Ocasio-Cortez cautioned. "If you are healthy, you could be spreading COVID."

Cruz was in complete agreement, urging people "everywhere" to take note and follow the precautions laid out by the progressive representative.

"Good advice — not just for NYC, but everywhere. If you can stay home, stay home," the Texas senator wrote. "And wash your hands."

The two members of Congress have had previous positive – as well as negative – interactions on Twitter. In late February, the lawmakers actually sparred over the White House's response to the coronavirus outbreak. When President Donald Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to spearhead the administration's response, Ocasio-Cortez quickly raised concerns alongside many other critics.

"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," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "This decision could cost people their lives. Pence's past decisions already have."

In a follow-up tweet, the congresswoman explained that the vice president's actions as Indiana's governor "contributed to one of the worst HIV outbreaks in Indiana's history."

"He is not a medical doctor. He is not a health expert. He is not qualified nor positioned in any way to protect our public health," she argued.

Cruz then re-tweeted Ocasio-Cortez's first post, suggesting she wasn't qualified to discuss the issue either. "As you are speaking as the oracle of science, tell us, what exactly is a Y chromosome?" he wrote.

But the New York representative shot back, laying out her own scientific achievements. She also pointed to the senator's science denial.

"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 [sic] for accomplishments in microbiology," she tweeted. "Secondly, I'm surprised you're asking about chromosomes given that you don't even believe in evolution."

But the senator from Texas and Ocasio-Cortez have publicly agreed on a couple issues in the past. They have even attempted to work on legislation together.

Last May, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her opposition to former members of Congress becoming corporate lobbyists. Cruz responded, writing: "on this point, I AGREE." In a series of further posts, the two lawmakers agreed to meet to discuss working on legislation to address the issue together. A similar exchange occurred in June when Ocasio-Cortez argued for easier access to birth control for women.

"Our staff is working together collaboratively to try to reach agreement," Cruz said in June, according to Politico. "I substantively agree with the positions that she had tweeted and where we agree on policy we should work together across party lines."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) arrives at The View studios on February 19 in New York City. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on January 31 in Washington, D.C. Gotham/GC Images/Mark Wilson/Getty