AOC: Sharing Our Capitol 'Survivor' Stories Helps Us 'Heal' from 'Near-Death' Attack
AOC's account has been challenged due to the fact that her office is in another location
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) discussed her “near-death” experience of the riot at the U.S. Capitol during an interview on CBS’s “This Morning."
AOC's account has been challenged due to the fact that her office is in another location a quatre of a mile away from where the Capitol was breached.
Ocasio-Cortez said that a “really important part to healing" was for “survivors of trauma" to share their stories.
“I think one of the things that we’ve learned, especially in counseling services offered to House members, is that telling our stories and retelling it especially right after the events transpired is a really important part to healing and getting through it,” Ocasio-Cortez outlined.
“And so once we tell that story — and this applies to survivors of trauma all over the country — telling that story as many times as possible and giving that account, allowing yourself to move through that emotion, allowing yourself to revisit that fear and process it and then move past it is important," she said.
"But yeah, there are lots of emotions."
"There’s fear; there’s anger at folks who attacked our nation’s Capitol," AOC said added.
"There’s frustration that this could have happened," she said.
"But then there’s also determination for us to never allow this to happen again.”
AOC responded to those challenging her story, arguing her account was “accurate,” and the doubt from others is partly why she waited to tell her story.
“It’s, unfortunately, kind of the spring to deny and to politicize our accounts with something that I sat with,” she declared.
“And it was a big reason why, you know, on top of making sure that we could clear our story due to security concerns, there’s a reason why I sat on my story, as well. You know, so many survivors fear being publicly doubted."
"But the fact of the matter is that the account is accurate.'
"And, you know, when it comes to minimizing the experiences of survivors, that is extremely damaging, as well.”
“[S]o many survivors across the country don’t get the help that they need because they internalize people saying that, you know, that their trauma isn’t big enough to get help,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
DailyWire reported that fact-checking site Snopes published a report titled “Did AOC Exaggerate the Danger She Was in During Capitol Riot?”
This title was immediately followed by the heading “AOC was targeted with another round of bad-faith smears after giving an emotional, firsthand account of her experiences during the Capitol riot,” apparently indicating the tone and premise of the “fact check,” which quickly demonstrates its overt left-wing bias.
What’s False: When the attack on the Capitol began, Ocasio-Cortez was in her congressional office, which is located in a network of office buildings immediately surrounding the Capitol, and her office building was one of the two buildings that were evacuated.
The “Mostly False” conclusion claim that Ocasio-Cortez “wasn’t even in the Capitol building” — is true, as Palma admits herself in her “What’s True” section.
AOC was in her congressional office in the Cannon House Office Building, a separate building about a quarter of a mile away and connected to the Capitol only by an underground tunnel.