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In a series of Instagram stories Friday night, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a rare appearance with her boyfriend to discuss tips on how to talk to white people about racism. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become known for her casual, down-to-earth demeanor while hosting Instagram Live videos. One time, she assembled some Ikea furniture while calling for the masses to seize the means of production, while another time, she was seen baking while discussing the impending doom of the world.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Tuesday night recalled the “traumatizing” experience of witnessing the deadly insurrection of the Capitol in real time.
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In remarks made in an hour-long Instagram Live video on Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez described how she feared for her life during the “pretty traumatizing event.”
“I had a pretty traumatizing event happen to me,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And I do not know if I can even disclose the full details of that event, due to security concerns. But I can tell you that I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die.”
Ocasio-Cortez was among the lawmakers who were taken to a secure location while a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building, which left five people dead. She told viewers of her Instagram Live video that she wasn’t exaggerating when she said that House members were “nearly assassinated.”
“(Jan. 6) was an extremely traumatizing event and it is not an exaggeration to say that many many members of the House were nearly assassinated. It’s just not an exaggeration to say that at all,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes that allowed members to escape the House floor unharmed. But many of us narrowly escaped death.”
Ocasio-Cortez added that she still felt that her safety was endangered even when she was in the secure room with other lawmakers due to fears of QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers, who have a history of targeting her, disclosing her location.
“I myself did not even feel safe going to that extraction point, because there were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers and frankly white supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point, who I know, and who I had felt would disclose my location and allow me to, who would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez also called out several GOPers for refusing to wear masks while sheltering from the Capitol riots in a secure location, following the COVID-19 diagnoses of three Democratic lawmakers in the past week.
- During a candid Instagram Live on Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that she had a 'very close encounter,' where she thought she 'was going to die,' at the Capitol as it was stormed by a violent mob on January 6.
- In a wide-ranging commentary, Ocasio-Cortez briefly described some of the traumatizing events and added that Rep. Jamie Raskin who had lost his son days before the insurrection, was locked down with his daughter as they feared for their lives.
- She also ripped into Republican colleagues in the House and Senate: 'Ted Cruz, you do not belong in the United States Senate. Josh Hawley, you do not belong in the United States Senate, so get out.' Ocasio-Cortez said.
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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been vocal about GOP colleagues facing consequences for their roles in inciting a violent mob who overtook the Capitol last week, opened up about her experience being locked down during an Instagram livestream on Tuesday.
On January 6, Ocasio-Cortez said that she experienced a 'very close encounter,' where she thought she 'was going to die.' Ocasio-Cortez did not disclose all of the details of what transpired for 'security concerns,' but called the encounter 'traumatizing.'
'I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of the day alive,' Ocasio-Cortez said.
In her livestream, Ocasio-Cortez repeated some of the censures and calls for resignation that she and Democrat colleagues have called for, namely from Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
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'Ted Cruz, you do not belong in the United States Senate. Josh Hawley, you do not belong in the United States Senate, so get out,' Ocasio-Cortez said. She said Hawley fist pumped the mob, moments before they stormed the Capitol and accused them of putting their political futures ahead of democracy and the safety of Americans.
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The congresswoman also called on all colleagues who supported efforts to overturn the election to step down.
'What claim will you have? That you rule over a destroyed society? That the ashes belong to you? Let me give you a sneak peek, you will never be president. You will never command the respect of this country, never,' Ocasio-Cortez said.
'And you should resign, and so should every member of congress who voted to overturn the election results because they would rather cling to power instead of respect our democracy,' she said, adding that the only viable future is the US being 'a multiracial democracy,' and insisting that white nationalist violence could not be 'voted away overnight,' without accountability.
On her livestream, Ocasio-Cortez said that during the insurrection, she did not feel secure in the safe room, concerned that QAnon and white nationalist adjacent colleagues knew her location and 'would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped.'
The congresswoman added that she was confident that the House would pass articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, and said in order to convict him, they would need to gain more support.
'Maybe you should vote to impeach him because he's an active threat to every single American,' Ocasio-Cortez called out to GOP colleagues. 'Maybe you should just do it because it's the right thing to, instead of what you can build a freaking email list off of.'Expanded Coverage Module: capitol-siege-module