The Democratic Representative for the 14th district of New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, opened up to her Instagram live stream regarding the events that took place at Capitol Hill on January 6th, whilst also stating she is a survivor of sexual assault.
What did she say?
Over 100,000 people watched live as AOC opened up about her trauma from the Capitol Hill riots, alongside past trauma which made the experience even worse for her.
She stated numerous times in her Livestream that she believed she was going to die, as she took shelter in the bathroom of her office.
She stated that she heard a man enter her office, repeatedly shouting “where is she?”.
Unbeknownst to AOC, the person in her office was a Capitol police officer who wanted to get her to safety.
AOC went onto detail that she has “never been quieter” when she was taking a hiding in her office, scared for her life.
She spoke about she isn’t a stranger to threats, that just days before the riots took place, she was warned that she had to be careful.
In an interview with Vanity Fair last year, she stated that she would get emails forwarded to her by the FBI and Capitol police, with images attached of people who wanted to hurt her.
AOC then went onto explain that she has been a victim of sexual assault, a topic she admitted she doesn’t share often.
She likened many Republicans to “abusers”, after numerous members of the party called for people to move on from the events at Capitol Hill, citing that these are the same tactics employed by sexual abusers and the people who defend them.
This attack against Republicans comes after her highly documented campaign against Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who voted against the ratification of the 2020 election hours after the Capitol riots took place.
AOC has continuously called for his resignation, claiming that he deliberately tried to have her killed, whilst Republicans continuously denounce the violence that took place, claiming the Democrats are using the violence for their political gain whilst citing the “unconstitutional” impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
At the same time, Representative Chip Roy has called on AOC to apologize for the remark, citing that she has no evidence for these claims, that she is making a “baseless claim”.