As rioters threatened to breach the Capitol on January 6, a staffer rushed into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office and told her to hide.
Additionally, for the first time, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault, and has explained how the incidents at the Capitol compounded past trauma.
She explained to her viewers that no matter what kind of abuse or neglect they have experienced, 'trauma compounds on each other'.
"I think people are sort of clutching their heart saying, 'Oh my God, that must have been horrific, '" Sapiro told AFP. Sources said her decision will depend on how Schumer proceeds with the new Democratic majority in the Senate.
"I thought I was going to die", she said.
Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram Live on Monday evening to give her harrowing account of cowering in her congressional office in D.C., revealing for the first time that she is a survivor of sexual abuse, to explain why she believes her colleagues who egged on the January 6 crowd with baseless accusations of election fraud - like Sen.
She compared it to a sexual harasser telling his victim that the quickest path to normalcy would be her forgiving him.
"And I'm a survivor of sexual assault", she continued, her voice breaking. She said the officer told them to go to another building, but didn't say specifically where or escort them, leaving her feeling unsafe.
Yet Ocasio-Cortez's vulnerability has been met with the familiar chorus of mockery and dismissal from right-wing pundits like Fox News star Tucker Carlson and former Fox News star Megyn Kelly.
"I felt that if this was the journey that my life was taking, that, I felt that things were going to be OK and that, you know, I had fulfiled my goal", she said, wiping away tears from her eyes.
"I start to look through the door hinge to see if I can see anything". And when she emerged from her hiding spot, she said the officer greeted her and one of her staffers with "a tremendous amount of anger and hostility". "And so, I opened the door, when all of a sudden I hear that whoever was trying to get inside, got into my office", she said. "They're trying to tell us it wasn't a big deal", she said. She and her staffer went to multiple different floors and knocked on the doors of several different offices before finding Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat, walking through the hallway with a cup of coffee, Ocasio-Cortez said during the Instagram Live. "They knew it was the lie", she said.
"The accountability is not about revenge", Ocasio-Cortez said. Ocasio-Cortez estimated she was in Porter's office for approximately five hours until it was safe for members to finish certifying the election results. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., remain a "present danger" for casting doubt on President Biden's election, complaints that were echoed by rioters.
"The second thing is that she was wearing heels, and I was wearing flats, and I remember her saying to me, 'I knew I shouldn't have worn heels".
She asserted that Republicans insisting people simply move forward without addressing what happened at the Capitol are mimicking the behavior of abusers. Instead, they've demanded that people simply "move on" from the incident.
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