Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Tuesday night time recalled the “traumatizing” expertise of witnessing the lethal rebellion of the Capitol in actual time.
In remarks made in an hour-long Instagram Dwell video on Tuesday night time, Ocasio-Cortez described how she feared for her life throughout the “fairly traumatizing occasion.”
“I had a fairly traumatizing occasion occur to me,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “And I have no idea if I may even disclose the complete particulars of that occasion, attributable to safety considerations. However I can inform you that I had a really shut encounter the place I believed I used to be going to die.”
Ocasio-Cortez was among the many lawmakers who have been taken to a safe location whereas a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol constructing, which left 5 individuals useless. She advised viewers of her Instagram Dwell video that she wasn’t exaggerating when she stated that Home members have been “practically assassinated.”
“(Jan. 6) was a particularly traumatizing occasion and it’s not an exaggeration to say that many many members of the Home have been practically assassinated. It’s simply not an exaggeration to say that in any respect,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “We have been very fortunate that issues occurred inside sure minutes that allowed members to flee the Home ground unhurt. However many people narrowly escaped loss of life.”
Ocasio-Cortez added that she nonetheless felt that her security was endangered even when she was within the safe room with different lawmakers attributable to fears of QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers, who’ve a historical past of concentrating on her, disclosing her location.
“I actually didn’t even really feel protected going to that extraction level, as a result of there have been QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers and albeit white supremacist members of Congress in that extraction level, who I do know, and who I had felt would disclose my location and permit me to, who would create alternatives to permit me to be harm, kidnapped, and so forth.,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.
Ocasio-Cortez additionally referred to as out a number of GOPers for refusing to put on masks whereas sheltering from the Capitol riots in a safe location, following the COVID-19 diagnoses of three Democratic lawmakers previously week.