AOC Recalls 'Traumatizing' Experience Of Being 'Nearly Assassinated' During Capitol Riots

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2021

"All of these thoughts come rushing to you", she said. "Not just in a general sense, but in a very, very specific sense".

"I didn't even feel safe around other members of Congress, and to be kind of fending for yourself in that way is traumatizing", she said.

"Many of us merely and narrowly escaped death", she said.

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.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she feared for her life during last week's siege on the U.S. Capitol. You were a part of it when you repealed Title IX. You were a part of it when you excused the lawbreaking. "It's just not an exaggeration to say that at all", Ocasio-Cortez said. It is always on them.

Rioters tore through police lines and laid siege on the building last Wednesday.

AOC also praised the Capitol police officers, especially officers of color.

Ocasio-Cortez condemned Trump's role in inciting the violent riot.

"I don't want to hear or see the Republican Party talk about blue lives ever again", she said. They would speak up. Despite her absence, she still voted through a proxy. I want to be clear, to Senator Josh Hawley: you do not belong in the United States.

Occasio-Cortez's claims echo those made by Stacey Abrams and other activists on the left who charge that election security laws supported by Republicans, like voter ID, are intentionally created to prevent minorities from voting. "And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn't have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5 - a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I'm going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don't serve in Congress". "They care about their next gig, they care about their money, their power". They wanted him to do so to remove Donald Trump from office for instigating the Capitol riots. "He needs to go".

The House is expected to vote Wednesday to impeach the president for "incitement of insurrection". "And it was really just dealing with it by not dealing with it in a way", she said. "I don't think there's another way to put, there's no other way to put it". I did not think, I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.

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