Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her need for therapy following the January 6 Capitol riot.
While speaking to public radio station Latino USA, AOC described the incident as an “extraordinarily traumatizing event.” Speaking of the nature of the incident, Ocasio-Cortez said, “There are members of Congress who served in war,” citing lawmakers, food-service, and custodial workers within the Capitol who “had nowhere to go” when the riot broke out.
When explaining her experience, AOC recalls running to Rep. Ayanna’s Presely’s office, who later aided her, saying, “You need to recognize trauma … and it’s really important to pause after that, because that’s how you process it.”
Citing her therapy and taking time to just “slow down”, AOC said, “If I take a couple months now and just be really good, then I don’t have to live with this thing festering and lingering with me like a roommate in my apartment for years.” When the riot began, the congresswoman was in the Cannon House Office Building, which was evacuated, despite not being on Capitol grounds. No protestors were near Ocasio-Cortez’s office building.
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