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Despite not being in the capitol building, AOC claims her life was in danger during January 6 riots

New reports suggest that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the Capitol building during the Jan. 6th riot despite her claims stating otherwise.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has in recent days recounted her experience during the Capitol riot on January 6th, outlining during an Instagram Live video that she thought she was going to die. New reports, however, are saying that AOC’s office building wasn’t one of the buildings that were breached. The congresswoman’s office is located across the street in the Cannon Building, where she was hunkered down as the riot began. The Cannon HOB is accessible to the Capitol via tunnel. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said that her office is in the same hallway as Ocasio-Cortez, two doors down, and that there were no rioters in that area at any time. 

Mace tweeted that she left the Cannon Building where her office was located: “Just evacuated my office in Cannon due to a nearby theater,” she wrote. “Now we’re seeing protesters assaulting Capitol Police.” According to Mace, “[Ocasio-Cortez] made clear she didn’t know who was at her door,” she wrote, sharing a report from Newsweek. “Breathless attempts by media to fan fictitious news flames are dangerous. My office is 2 doors down,” Mace said. “Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Is there nothing MSM won’t politicize?” she tweeted [Trending Politics].

New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at Republican critics who accused her of lying about her traumatic experiences during the Capitol riot. While speaking about her terror on Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez chastised those who she said were pushing for people to put the day behind them and not recognize the lingering impact of such an event. “The reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what’s happened, or even telling us to apologize, these are the same tactics of abusers,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’m a survivor of sexual assault, I haven’t told many people that in my life. As a survivor, I struggle with the idea of being believed.” No details were given about the assault or when it took place.

On Monday evening, AOC recounted the events that took place on the 6th: “All of a sudden I hear, boom, boom, boom, boom on my door,” she said. “And then I hear these huge violent bangs on my door, and then on every door going into my office. Just, bang bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Like, someone was trying to break the door down. And um, there were no voices; there were no yells… no one identifying themselves. And just, boom, boom, boom. And I just get up… and I run over to the legislative office.”

Ocasio-Cortez allegedly ran into her bathroom but then decided her closet would be a better place to hide. “I start opening the door to my bathroom, and I’m gonna run across to the closet… And I hear that whoever was trying to get inside, got into my office. And then I realize that it’s too late for me to get into the closet. So I go back in, I hide back in… and then I just start to hear these yells of, Where is she? Where is she? And I just thought to myself, they got inside.”

“This was the moment where I thought everything was over,” she said. “I thought I was going to die.” Crying, she explained how she saw a “white man in a black beanie” who she later found out was actually a Capitol Police officer. She said that his presence “didn’t feel right” and that he was looking at her “in all of this anger and hostility.” Her staffer reportedly wondered if he would have to fight the officer. She said the officer told them to go to another building, but didn’t specify which. “You don’t know if that person was actually trying to protect you or not,” she said. [Daily Mail].

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE NATION

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