Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Recounts Fear That She Was ‘Going To Die’ In Capitol Attack

Written by on February 1, 2021

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 reside video on her Instagram web page Monday evening by saying that she was a survivor of sexual assault and that “once we undergo 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 have been set to certify the outcomes of the U.S. election. 5 individuals 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 outdoors the Capitol. On Tuesday, she noticed even greater crowds gathered, and since it “felt actively unstable and harmful,” she took off her congressional pin so she can be much less simply identifiable.

Nevertheless 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 have been alone in her workplace after they heard “these enormous violent bangs on my door … like somebody was making an attempt to interrupt the door down,” she mentioned. Her staffer instructed her to “run and conceal,” so she went into the toilet and stood behind the door. 

“I begin to hear these yells of ‘The place is she, the place is she?’ and I simply thought to myself, they bought inside,” Ocasio-Cortez recounted. “This was the second the place I believed every part was over.”

By means of a crack within the door, she noticed a white man in a black beanie opening the door to her workplace and yelling “The place is she?” “I’ve by no means been quieter in my whole 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 instructed her that he, too, didn’t know if the officer “was there to assist us or damage us.”

Following the officer’s instruction, the lawmaker and her staffer ran to a different space, the place they may hear rioters yelling from outdoors and banging on doorways, making an attempt to interrupt in. “I’m totally anticipating one among these insurrectionists to show the nook with a gun and that it might be over,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned. 

They discovered the workplace of Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), who allow them to in and offered her colleague with a jacket and sneakers “to mix in with the gang,” as Ocasio-Cortez put it. The staffers barricaded the doorways with couches in case rioters broke in, and so they waited. Ultimately, they made it out safely.

Final month, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she had a “shut encounter” and thought she was “going to die” on the day of the violent rebellion. She described the right-wing mob’s assault as “an especially traumatizing occasion,” including it was “not an exaggeration to say that many members of the Home have been almost 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 among many tales … there have been meals service employees who have been afraid for his or her lives … custodial employees that needed to clear up after the wreckage of white supremacists … a lot 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 “transfer on,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned: “We can not transfer on with out accountability. We can not heal with out accountability.”

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