Democratic congresswoman reveals past trauma for the duration of candid account of Capitol attack
The Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday spoke in an emotional video about the insurrection at the US Capitol, and how what she went via was affected by her expertise as a survivor of sexual assault.
In an account remarkably candid for an American lawmaker, Ocasio-Cortez recounted going into hiding as rioters scaled the Capitol on 6 January, hiding in a bathroom in her place of job whereas hearing banging on the walls and a man yelling: “The place is she? The place is she?” She had feared for her life, she advised an Instagram Stay audience of extra than 150,000 other folks.
“I assumed I was going to die,” she said. “And I had a lot of ideas. I was thinking if this is the plan for me, other folks can be able to take it from here.”
Within the video, Ocasio-Cortez expressed frustration at being asked to “transfer on” after the attack, likening it to the refrain heard by many survivors of sexual assault. “These of us to squawk us to transfer on, that it’s no longer a mammoth deal, that we must neglect what happened, even telling us that we must apologize – these are the same tactics of abusers,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I’m a survivor of sexual assault,” she added. “And I haven’t advised many other folks that in my life. Nevertheless when we wade via trauma, trauma compounds on each various.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who received re-election in November in Current York’s 14th congressional district, had said in a video last month that she feared for her life for the duration of the Capitol attack.
On Monday, she said she had been shy about the security situation for days, having been cautioned about conceivable violence by several other folks, including various lawmakers.
The incident at her place of job had occurred after she returned from receiving her Covid-19 vaccine, she said.
“I immediately realized I shouldn’t have long gone into the bathroom. I must have long gone within the closet,” she said. “Then I hear whoever was searching for to score inner received into my place of job. I realize it’s too late.”
She said she had then heard yelling. “This was the second I assumed the total lot was over. I assumed I was going to die.”
The congresswoman wiped away tears as she persisted. “I start to examine via the door hinge to stare if I can stare anything. I stare this white man in a black beanie and scream again,” she said. “I have by no means been quieter in my entire life.”
A staffer had eventually advised her it was safe to emerge from the bathroom the place she was hiding, and a Capitol police officer had been current in her place of job. She and her team had left the place of job, she recalled, and had eventually discovered shelter within the places of work of the California representative Katie Porter.
Ocasio-Cortez, who is Latina, had beforehand said that her fears had been heightened because there had been white supremacists and various extremists taking part within the principally white mob.
The second-term representative, whose Current York district covers part of Queens and the Bronx, is among the most high-profile elected officials on the political left and a lightning rod for the suitable and crude suitable.
She has strongly condemned Donald Trump for inciting the riots, as successfully as contributors of his administration who did no longer invoke the 25th amendment to take away him from place of job, and lawmakers who voted to overturn the election outcomes.