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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez feared for her life as she hid in her office during the Capitol riot — saying “I just hope I get to be a mom,” a fellow lawmaker recounted.
Democratic Rep. Katie Porter recounted the frantic scene to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell after AOC had published an Instagram Live video explaining her experience in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Porter said after Ocasio-Cortez walked into her office, she didn’t stop to speak to her, just began opening cabinet doors.
“I was like, ‘can I help you?’ Like, ‘what are you looking for’?” Porter told O’Donnell.
“I’m looking for where I am going to hide,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
Porter said she tried to calm down the New York congresswoman, saying that she was mom — and had plenty of supplies in the office to sustain them.
“She said, ‘I just hope I get to be a mom. I hope I don’t die today’,” AOC responded.
Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, were killed in the riot when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
In her Instagram Live video, Ocasio-Cortez revealed she’s a survivor of sexual assault — and compared lawmakers telling her to move on from the riot to abusers.
“The reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on … these are the same tactics of abusers,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And I’m a survivor of sexual assault,” she continued. “I haven’t told many people that in my life.”
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