New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the Capitol building at the time it was breached by protestors and rioters on January 6, 2021. She was in the Cannon House Office Building, in her office.
Yet as her House colleagues perform the Select Committee Hearings on the events of that day, AOC has claimed to be re-traumatized by the recounts of the day, and has shared her feelings about being made to remember what it was like to hide out in her office and be far from the action.
“Good Lord,” AOC wrote on Twitter. “The way it all comes rushing back into the body. It’s like that day all over again.” She shared a jumbled video, a recording made using a cell phone to record video shown on a television screen, showing unarmed protestors outside the Capitol facing Capitol Police in riot gear. It cuts to footage of lawmakers and staff evacuating Congress through Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s office.
During the breach of the Capitol, AOC was in her office in an adjoining office building. Capitol police, who serve and protect the Capitol, came to check on her and make sure she was okay. In recounting her experience of that day, she said she felt scared of the officer, and later revealed that she had been the victim of a sexual assault in her past, and this is why she was scared, because she was reliving a previous trauma.
At the time, she likened her experience of being nowhere near the breach to that of veterans who had fought in a war, prompting #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett to trend on Twitter, linking her to another famous hoaxter.