Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Details her Traumatic Experience during Capitol Riot
AOC also revealed that she's a survivor of sexual assault.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has finally opened up about her traumatic experience during the US Capital Riots. In an emotional live session on Instagram last Monday, AOC detailed her experience. She also added that in order to heal the nation, those who played a role in the incitement of violence on January 6th must be held accountable.
AOC said that she was compelled to tell her story of what happened on January 6th after hearing from Republicans that the election was “stolen” and that Democrats should just move on. She called for Republican Party Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to resign from the House and said that her story was just “one of many”. AOC said during the Instagram live session:
They’re trying to tell us that it wasn’t a big deal. They’re trying to tell us to move on without any accountability, without any truth telling. What that tells me is that when given another window of political opportunity for themselves, even if they know that it means, that it will endanger their colleagues, they will do it again
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s live stream lasted for more than an hour and described how she and her Democratic colleagues had received a lot of warnings leading up to the day of the insurrection of the riots. AOC previously revealed the experience as a “close encounter” during the US Capitol Riots. She also said that she thought “she was going to die”.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s traumatic experience on the day of the US Capitol Riots
A week before the attack, AOC said that she received texts from other members of Congress. These texts were about telling her to be prepared for violence on the day of the Electoral College certification. And those warnings got more severe after what she saw out in the public in Washington DC the last two days before the insurrection.
On January 6th, when Trump supporters began clashing with Capitol Police, AOC was searching for a place to find lunch along with her legislative director. That is when she heard someone bang her office door. She recalls that there were no yells and no voices of anyone identifying themselves. Instead, AOC described the banging:
… like someone was trying to break the door down.
After hearing that, AOC ran to the bathroom of her office and hid behind the wall against the door. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez then described what happened, saying:
Then I just start to hear these yells of, ‘Where is she? Where is she?’. This was the moment where I thought everything was over.
Here’s a clip from her live session:
At that point, AOC thought that she was going to die, saying with tears in her eyes:
If this was the journey that my life was taking, that I felt that things were going to be OK. I had fulfilled my purpose.
However, AOC then heard her legislative director calling her out. Ocasio-Cortez then learned that the man who was banging at the door was a Capitol Police Officer. But, she reveals that she wasn’t sure if the officer had good intentions, saying:
The situation did not feel OK… He was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility. We couldn’t read if this was a good situation or a bad situation.
She then hid in Katie Porter’s office
The officer told her to then go to another building. However, he failed to provide information to AOC as to where the other members of Congress were.
After arriving at the other building, she spotted Rep. Katie Porter and barricaded in her office. That is where she spent the rest of the lockdown. Porter described the moment when AOC frantically came to her looking for a place to hide:
I was saying, ‘Well, don’t worry. I’m a mom. I’m calm. I’ve got everything here we need. We could live here for like a month in this office.’ And she said, ‘I just hope I get to be a mom. I hope I don’t die today
AOC revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault
During the live session, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault. She further said how the trauma from one experience compounded on her experience during the US Capitol Riots. AOC said:
These are the same tactics of abusers and I’m a survivor of sexual assault… Why I think it’s important for us to hold this to account is because we know that … when they say, ‘can we just move on’. What they’re really saying is that ‘can we just forget this happened so I can do it again without recourse’.
The election is over. Joe Biden is the President of the United States and Donald Trump has now retired to his home in Mar-a-Lago. But, the impact of his actions on the Republican Party and which resulted in the US Capitol Riots will be felt for years beyond his tenure.