MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday doubled her “terrible” experience during the January 6th Capitol uprising. She said she thought about it initially because “so many survivors fear they will be publicly questioned”.
The Bronx-Queens Congressman appeared on CBS This Morning after she was accused of exaggerating the January 6th details when a crowd of protesters in support of former President Donald Trump’s protesters broke through the Capitol Building.
“It’s kind of springtime, unfortunately, to deny our accounts and politicize them was something I sat with,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the show. “So many survivors fear that they will be publicly questioned. The fact is, however, that the report is correct. “
She added, “When it comes to minimizing the experience of survivors, that is also extremely harmful.”
The second-term Democrat posted a live stream sharing the chaos and telling her Instagram followers that she had a “very close encounter” where she thought, “I was going to die.”
It was hidden in her office in the Cannon Building, which was part of the Capitol Complex, but not in the Capitol Building itself. The Cannon Building was evacuated that day.
On Tuesday, 31-year-old Ocasio-Cortez went back to Instagram Live to describe her experiences during the riot while revealing that she is a sexual assault survivor.
The progressive congresswoman was beaten online by conservative journalist Jack Posobiec, who opened her account with a map of the Capitol grounds showing the proximity of her office to the destroyed Capitol building. This caused the hashtags #AOClied and #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett – a reference to the nefarious hate crime faker, Jussie Smollett – to set trends.
Ocasio-Cortez told CBS host Gayle King that she got clean because of her sexual assault, to give people the full picture.
“I felt like I had to share some of what I brought with me that day so people could understand why I was reacting the way I did on the 6th,” she explained.
Ocasio-Cortez appeared in the interview alongside Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Who was captured in a dramatic photo of Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) Comforting on the floor of the house.
Crow defended Ocasio-Cortez against the criticism it received and blew up the “terrible … survivor resuscitation”.
“It has to stop,” he said. “We all got notifications that the rioters were everywhere and that the Capitol police were overwhelmed. In all of our eyes the whole situation was a mess and that was the experience we went through. “