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She opened up about her experience in a powerful Instagram Live.

By Tessa Petak
Jan 13, 2021 @ 9:34 am
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened up about her experience during the horrific riot at the Capitol.

In an Instagram Live on Tuesday night, AOC shared that she had a "very close encounter" during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and thought she "was going to die."

While she didn't disclose many details on the specific moment she was referring to due to "security concerns," she shared that it was very "traumatizing" and wasn't sure if she was "going to make it to the end of that day alive."

She opened up to her followers about that scary moment when she thought her life would end. "You have all of those thoughts, where you know, at the end of your life and all of these thoughts come rushing to you, and that's what happened to a lot of us Wednesday." She added that "many members of Congress were almost murdered. Many congressional staffers were almost killed."

She went on to thank many individual Capitol Police officers who stepped up to protect Congress and the other staffers — specifically the officers of color. But she also discussed the alleged betrayal of some of the police staff. 

The Congresswoman was absent from Tuesday night's House vote at the Capitol for Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove President Trump from office. Instead, she voted by proxy because she was concerned for her safety, saying she was afraid that some of her colleagues who took part in inciting last Wednesday's events could share her location and could "create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc."

During the Live, Ocasio-Cortez specifically called out Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for playing a part in this attack on the Capitol and voting to overturn the election results for their own "political ambition." She called President Trump "a traitor to our country" and called for the senators to resign from their positions.

"You do not belong in the United States Senate," she said. "Let me give you a sneak peek: You will never be president. You will never command the respect of this country, never. Never. And you should resign."

Many spoke out and thanked the congresswoman for her honesty and her passion during the live. "Tonight @AOC shared that she was worried about being kidnapped. That she thought she was going to die at the Capitol. I have no words," Meena Harris wrote on Twitter. "NO ONE, not our students and not our elected leaders, should have to endure something like this. It's devastating and disgusting."