AOC accuses Republicans of ‘minimizing accounts of survivors’ after claims she’s milking Capitol riot for publicity

DEMOCRATIC Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at Republicans accusing her off using the Capitol riot for publicity by claiming they are trying to “minimize” survivors’ accounts. 

Ocasio-Cortez defended herself on the House floor on Thursday night after Republicans slammed her Instagram Live video on how she believed she was going to die during the January 6 Capitol siege.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of trying to minimize the accounts of Capitol riot survivors
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace claimed that no insurrectionists stormed the Capitol hallway

“Sadly, less than 29 days later, with little to no accountability for the bloodshed and trauma of the 6th, some are already demanding that we move on,” Ocasio-Cortez said

“Or worse, attempting to minimize, discredit or belittle the accounts of survivors.”

In response to Republicans’ attacks, Ocasio-Cortez set up a special order hour on Thursday for Congress members to recount their experiences of the siege. 

The goal was to create a space for lawmakers to “talk about their lived experience and to call for accountability,” according to the official notice.


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her Capitol riot experience on Instagram Live[/caption]


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During her Instagram Live on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez recounted hiding in the bathroom in her office and hearing a man bang on the door. 

“’I just hear these yells of, ‘Where is she? Where is she?’” Ocasio-Cortez said. 

“This was the moment where I thought everything was over. I thought I was going to die.”

The Democratic Congresswoman then disclosed that the person knocking on the door was a Capitol Police officer who intended to secure her office and protect it from rioters. 

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she experienced trauma from the Capitol riot[/caption]

Ocasio-Cortez said the cop “was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility,” and, “I didn’t know if he was there to help us or hurt us.” 

But Republican Rep. Nancy Mace criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s account and said that “insurrectionists were never in our hallway.”

Ocasio-Cortez shot back at Mace: “You previously told reporters yourself that you barricaded in your office, afraid you’d be hurt.”

Starting off the special order hour, Ocasio-Cortez said the objective was to hear and “commit to the Congressional record” some of the many stories of riot survivors. 

She said that minimizing the trauma that survivors experienced is a big problem.

“In doing so, they not only further harm those that were there that day and provide cover for those responsible, but they also send a tremendously damaging message to survivors of trauma all across this country,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“As the way to deal with trauma, violence and targeting is to paper it over, minimize it and move on.”


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