Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) detailed the play-by-play of the moments she thought she was going to die on Jan. 6, when armed, pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The lawmaker began off the stay video on her Instagram web page Monday night time by saying that she was a survivor of sexual assault and that “when we go through trauma, trauma compounds.”
She described how the specter of the gathering Trump supporters in Washington was evident within the days main as much as Jan. 6, the day an armed mob stormed the Capitol the place lawmakers had been set to certify the outcomes of the U.S. election. Five folks died within the riots, together with a Capitol Police officer.
On Monday, a gaggle of Trump supporters heckled Ocasio-Cortez as she bought into her automotive exterior the Capitol. On Tuesday, she noticed even larger crowds gathered, and since it “felt actively volatile and dangerous,” she took off her congressional pin so she could be much less simply identifiable.
But it was Wednesday, the day of the lethal riot, that she thought she was “going to die,” she mentioned.
Early Wednesday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez and her legislative director had been alone in her workplace after they heard “these huge violent bangs on my door … like someone was trying to break the door down,” she mentioned. Her staffer advised her to “run and hide,” so she went into the toilet and stood behind the door.
“I start to hear these yells of ‘Where is she, where is she?’ and I just thought to myself, they got inside,” Ocasio-Cortez recounted. “This was the moment where I thought everything was over.”
Through a crack within the door, she noticed a white man in a black beanie opening the door to her workplace and yelling “Where is she?” “I have never been quieter in my entire life,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned.
It turned out the person was an officer with the Capitol Police who hadn’t recognized himself. Later, Ocasio-Cortez’s legislative director advised her that he, too, didn’t know if the officer “was there to help us or hurt us.”
Following the officer’s instruction, the lawmaker and her staffer ran to a different space, the place they might hear rioters yelling from exterior and banging on doorways, attempting to interrupt in. “I’m fully expecting one of these insurrectionists to turn the corner with a gun and that it would be over,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned.
They discovered the workplace of Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), who allow them to in and supplied her colleague with a jacket and sneakers “to blend in with the crowd,” as Ocasio-Cortez put it. The staffers barricaded the doorways with couches in case rioters broke in, and so they waited. Eventually, they made it out safely.
Last month, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she had a “close encounter” and thought she was “going to die” on the day of the violent riot. She described the right-wing mob’s assault as “an extremely traumatizing event,” including it was “not an exaggeration to say that many members of the House were nearly assassinated.”
Since Ocasio-Cortez was elected to Congress in 2018, she has been the frequent goal of assaults from Trump, Republican lawmakers and right-wing pundits.
“My story is one of many stories … there were food service workers who were afraid for their lives … custodial workers that had to clean up after the wreckage of white supremacists … many of them Black and brown, immigrants,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned of the occasions of Jan. 6.
And to those that would inform her and others to “move on,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned: “We cannot move on without accountability. We cannot heal without accountability.”
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