Shortly after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) shared harrowing particulars Monday about her experiences through the Capitol riot, California Rep. Katie Porter (D) described how they braved the hours-long ordeal collectively.
Porter informed MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that Ocasio-Cortez requested to be let into her workplace through the Jan. 6 rebel and instantly started opening doorways and trying to find a spot to cover.
“The thing that will always stay with me was when I was saying ’Well, don’t worry, I’m a mom, I’m calm, I’ve got everything here we need, we could live for like a month in this office,” Porter mentioned. “And [Ocasio-Cortez] said ‘I just hope I get to be a mom. I hope I don’t die today.’”
Porter additionally recalled that Ocasio-Cortez was carrying heels that day whereas she was carrying flats.
“I remember her saying to me, ‘I knew I shouldn’t have worn heels. How am I going to run?’” Porter mentioned. ”And we went and we discovered her a pair of sneakers to put on from one in all my staffers. So that she may run if she wanted to actually run for her life.”
Ocasio-Cortez, an influential progressive who has repeatedly been the goal of assaults from Republicans and President Donald Trump, went stay on Instagram Monday to share the terrifying expertise she had through the siege led by pro-Trump insurrectionists at her office.
Ocasio-Cortez described hiding behind a door within the rest room of her workplace as she heard a person yell “Where is she? Where is she?” from outdoors her workplace. The man turned out to be a Capitol Police officer who had not recognized himself. Ocasio-Cortez mentioned each she and her legislative director had bother deciphering if the officer was hostile or there to assist.
Ocasio-Cortez and her staffer ran to a separate space, the place they might hear the intruders shouting and banging on doorways, attempting to interrupt in. It was then that she discovered Porter’s workplace and requested to take shelter.
Porter mentioned she and Ocasio-Cortez spent about six hours hiding within the workplace.
“No one came to check on us,” Porter mentioned. “We heard voices in the hallway, we didn’t know what they were, whether those were police officers, whether those were intruders, and so we just stayed dark, we shut the curtains, we turned our phones off, we silenced everything and we just sat as still and as quiet as we could be in the hope that they would just run on by.”
Porter mentioned Ocasio-Cortez selected her workplace as a result of individuals fleeing from the Cannon House Office Building weren’t given instructions on the place to go after they’d been evacuated. She additionally supplied shelter for one more individual, the chief of employees of a buddy, she mentioned.
The assault on the Capitol led to the deaths of 5 individuals, together with a Capitol Police officer. Trump was impeached for a second time per week later for allegedly inciting the mob that stormed the constructing in an effort to cease the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes.
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