Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez recalls Jan. 6 attack, wants Republicans held to account

Clay Curtis
February 2, 2021

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congresswoman from NY, on Monday recounted hiding in her office bathroom as a man repeatedly yelled "Where is she?" during the insurrection at the US Capitol, and also revealed a sexual assault in her past as she talked about trauma.

In a previous Instagram Live stream, Ocasio-Cortez said she and other elected officials "narrowly escaped death" when a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed into the U.S. Capitol.

AOC tearfully revealed that during the insurrection, she locked herself inside her bathroom as she thought her office had been breached.

AOC was online for more than 90 minutes as she poured out everything she's been feeling about that day, including a scary moment with a Capitol police officer.

"It's exciting to see how much action Schumer is now taking", Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez's former chief of staff, told Politico.

The Congresswoman described being terrified for her life during the January siege in a video posted to Instagram on Tuesday, and doubled down on calls for Republican politicians to be held accountable.

"I'm still very much in a place where I'm trying to decide what is the most effective thing I can do to help our Congress, our [political] process, and our country actually address the issues of climate change, health care, wage inequality, etc.", Ocasio-Cortez said last month, according to The Hill.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said that he plans to have " a conversation " with the lawmaker. Facebook videos surfaced a year ago showing she'd expressed racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.

That was when she heard a man yelling and trying to find her. Cortez said she feared for her life during the Capitol riots. "And she said, 'I just hope I get to be a mom, I hope I don't die today".

She called on Republican senators including Ted Cruz to stand down, claiming they played a role in the violence.

She said she told her colleague: " "I'm a mom.

"I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there's common ground, but you nearly had me murdered three weeks ago so you can sit this one out", the congresswoman told Cruz.

"I'm not going to let it happen to me again".

'There's no, something really big happens to you and then you deal with it and you move on, and then when something else happens to you, you deal with that, ' she said. Sources said her decision will depend on how Schumer proceeds with the new Democratic majority in the Senate. But when we go through trauma, trauma [s] compound on each other...

Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how the trauma of the Capitol insurrection compounded her trauma.

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