Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) equated herself to a military war veteran and said she has been “doing therapy” to help her deal with the “trauma” she allegedly experienced during the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
During an interview with Latino USA on May 21, Ocasio-Cortez said she and her fellow congressmembers basically “served in war” during the riot.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer found the leader of the controversial “Squad” of Democratic Socialist women hiding in her office bathroom during the uprising and ushered her towards safety.
“He was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility,” she claimed in a dramatic Instagram live video, referring to her interaction with the officer who was trying to protect hers. “Things weren’t adding up. Like there was no partner there… and he was looking at me in all this anger and hostility.”
Ocasio-Cortez said in the video that she thought she was “going to die” during the riot and that her interaction with the Capitol Police officer terrified her all the more.
The uprising, she said, “was an all-out attempted coup.”
“If 60 seconds went differently, if a different door was opened, if a chair wasn’t barricaded in a certain way, we could have a completely different reality right now,” Ocasio-Cortez insisted during the interview. “We don’t want to acknowledge that that’s how close we got, but that is how close we got.”
Ocasio-Cortez was not in the Capitol Building during the riot and the building where her office was located did not have a security breach.
“They were looking for us, and we were not protected,” the congresswoman added, even though she was protected by Capitol Police and ushered to a safe area.
She credits U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) with helping her come to terms with the trauma she experienced.
“After the 6th, I took some time and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office, and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma and that this is something that you went through, but we’re all going through,'” Ocasio-Cortez told Latino USA.
She said she was already dealing with plenty of residual trauma prior to the riot.
“I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager,” she noted. “That happened at a young age and I socked it away. I had to live with that for years.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she is “doing therapy” and that she’s “slowed down” as a method of self-care.
That has been easier now that President Donald Trump is no longer in office, she said.
“I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode,” she lamented.
“I’ve had to take a beat,” Ocasio-Cortez told Latino USA. “If I take a couple months now and just be really good then I don’t have to live with this thing festering and lingering with me like a roommate in my apartment for years.”
Ocasio-Cortez also faulted Republicans for allegedly keeping white supremacy alive.
“White supremacy in and of itself is a mythology and you have to protect it in order to protect that political power, which has now become a very important base in the Republican party,” she declared.