'I thought I was going to die': AOC says she feared for her life during Capitol riot
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NYD, said she was scared for her safety when last week the Capitol building attacked by a hostile crowd.
In a lengthy Live video on Instagram Tuesday night Ocasio-Cortez said that she had a "very close encounter," where she felt she was "was going to die."
"I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense," said the congresswoman, calling "traumatizing." the experience during the January 6 riot on the Capitol during the hour-long live stream.
Ocasio-Cortez said it is "not an exaggeration" to suggest that half of the House's representatives had been "nearly assassinated."
President Donald Trump's backers invaded Capitol last week to protest an Elections College Congressional count, confirming Joe Biden's victory.
Members were evacuated after they raided the premises, destroyed the property and attempted to violate the House and the chambers of the Senate.
"We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes that allowed members to escape the House floor unharmed," she said.
"Many of us merely narrowly escaped death."
Ocasio-Cortez has said that when she was taken to a secure space with other politicians she did not feel safe.
"There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers, and frankly white supremacist members of Congress, in that extraction point who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, et cetera," said Ocasio-Cortez, without mentioning the congressional officers she believed she could place at risk her protection.
The post of New York congresswoman preceded several other testimonies from Democratic politicians who said the actions of their Republican counterparts threatened them.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill D-N.J. reported in a Tuesday Facebook video that several congressmen were taking people in the capital one day before the Monday riot, while not naming individual officials, on a "reconnaissance" tour of the house.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass, said that she fled her safe place on Tuesday after learning that "treasonous" politicians had "who incited the mob in the first place" were also in the building.
Pressley further chastised senators who declined to wear a mask after Covid 19 was positively checked by three Democrats, including a cancer survivor.
The attending doctor of Congress advised House members Sunday that they may have been introduced to anyone with the virus during the riot whilst in lockdown.
Ocasio-Cortez denounced the position of Trump to provoke the violent upheaval.
Her post came late Tuesday when the House introduced a resolution calling for Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th amendment to oust Trump from office.
The bill passed, but Pence said he did not invoke it in a letter submitted ahead of the vote.
His reluctance opened the way for the House to vote on Wednesday to put Trump to trial and made him the first U.S. President to be tried twice.
A increasing number of Republican representatives have openly backed the President's impeachment prior to the vote, including the Third-Highest Republican House Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Trump blamed the Democrats on Tuesday for their efforts to sue him and called for "ridiculous." moves to oust him. He even claimed responsibility for the destructive takeover by his fans in the capital.
Yet Ocasio-Cortez said she was sure that Trump would be tried and branded the president a "an active threat to every single American."
"Donald Trump's incitement of a deadly insurrection against the U.S. Capitol is without precedent in our nation's history and an egregious violation of his oath of office," chief of staff Nancy Pelosi, D.C. tweeted early Wednesday.
"Fulfilling our oath to defend our Constitution requires that we act to remove him from office immediately."