Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is a 'survivor of sexual assault'
Feb 03 2021
Those are the same tactics, she said, "of that man who touched you inappropriately at work, telling you to move on". "This was the moment where I thought everything was over". "I haven't told many people that in my life".
One reason she hesitated to "tell that story has to do with that trauma", she said during an emotional Monday night appearance on Instagram Live. This marks one of the first accounts from a politician about just how horrifying the day was, and is a devastating insight into how everyone in the building feared for their lives. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen.
She said those in Congress who are telling her "to move on", or even apologize, following the violent insurrection at the Capitol were using "the same tactics of abusers".
"As a survivor, I struggle with the idea of being believed", she added, without giving further details about the assault or when it took place.
'And I'm a survivor of sexual assault, I haven't told many people that in my life, ' she said as her voice began to break.
According to Ocasio-Cortez, no matter the trauma "these episodes can compound on one another".
Representatives for Cruz and Hawley did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Monday.
A man was arrested last month for allegedly taking part in the storming the Capitol this month and posting violent threats, including a call to assassinate Ms Ocasio-Cortez. And this is at a point where it's not about the difference of political opinion. "This is about basic humanity".
In July a year ago, Ocasio-Cortez, who was re-elected to her NY constituency in the Queens and the Bronx with 71 percent of votes, denounced a Republican representative who had called her "disgusting" and "a bitch".
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wondered aloud Monday whether a Capitol Police officer who barged into her office to direct her to a safe location during the January 6 riot was actually trying to protect her or not.
Mobs protesting against Donald Trump's loss in the US Presidential election entered the Capitol Building on January 6 when Joe Biden's win was being certified. "As she gains more political experience her abilities will grow, her political expertise will grow", said Sapiro.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke emotionally of that moment, of how time seemed to stretch out and how her brain raced with thoughts, convinced that this was the end.
'There's no, something really big happens to you and then you deal with it and you move on, and then when something else happens to you, you deal with that, ' she said. "I had fulfilled my objective".
She broke down while explaining that she eventually made peace with death, deciding "I had fulfilled my goal".
"I start to look through the door hinge to see if I can see anything". 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.
"I'll tell you why". I was mistaken. I did not fully realize what the impact of my actions was going to be.
Invoking her past experiences, she criticized conservatives who downplay the threats to lawmakers and say that she and other Democrats should move on.
The New York lawmaker shut off the lights, closed the blinds and rummaged under staffers' desks, trying to find a gym bag that may have sneakers or a change of clothes. She sat in her office with a baseball bat while the door was barricaded.
"I thought I was going to die", she said.
But Politico reports Schumer may have helped secure his path in the 2022 midterm elections by making an early ally out of Ocasio-Cortez.
She told viewers: 'If you have experienced any sort of trauma, just the fact of recognizing that and admitting it is already a huge step. I have everything we need.