In the wake of the insurrection of the Capitol Building, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez revealed that the violence affected her deeply. Not only was her life – as well as the lives of other elected officials – threatened by the heavily armed insurrectionists fueled by President Trump’s words, but she was also reminded of another traumatic experience she had endured earlier in life – sexual assault.
Ocasio-Cortez said that she had to hide during the attack. She was in a bathroom when Capitol police officers barged into the room demanding to know “where is she?” Because the officer’s looked at her “with tremendous hostility,” the officer made Ocasio-Cortez feel more afraid and less safe.
Now some people are claiming that Ocasio-Cortez was not in the Capitol Building where Trump’s supporters launched their deadly attack.
After the New York representative spoke about her traumatic experience, right-wing Representative Nancy Mace lashed out at Ocasio-Cortez and accused her of being a liar.
Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time responding to Mace’s comments, writing: “This is a deeply cynical and disgusting attack, Nancy Mace. As the Capitol complex was stormed and people were being killed, none of us knew at the moment what areas were compromised. You previously told reporters yourself that you barricaded in your office, afraid you’d be hurt.”
Mace responded, “FACT CHECK. I have not once discounted your fear. We were all terrified that day. I’m starting with the fact that insurrectionists were never in our hallway because they weren’t. I deal in facts. Unlike you, apparently.”
Ocasio-Cortez replied, “Wild that Nancy Mace is discrediting herself less than one month in office with such dishonest attacks. She went on record saying she barricaded in fear. Nancy Mace, who else’s experiences will you minimize? Capitol Police in Longworth? Custodial workers, who cleaned up shards of glass?
Nevertheless, Mace was not willing to back down.
“Hold up,” she wrote. “You seem triggered by facts, so let me be clear. I have not once discounted your experience. It was harrowing for all of us. FACT: Insurrectionists weren’t in our hallways.”
What do you think about this back-and-forth about the insurrection?