AOC: Capitol Riot Put Me in 'Therapy,' Trump Put Us in 'Reactive Mode'
Lawmakers effectively 'served in war' after the event took place
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the January 6 Capitol riot landed her in "therapy," calling it an “all-out, attempted coup" and blaming Donald Trump for putting her in "reactive mode.”
In an interview with Latino USA on Friday, AOC said U.S. lawmakers effectively “served in war” after the event took place.
She added she "took some time” after due to "trauma."
Ocasio-Cortez confided in fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who told her she needed to “recognize trauma.”
“After the 6th, I took some time, and it was really 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,'” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager."
"That happened at a young age, and I locked it away. You have to live with it for years,” she continued, explaining she is in therapy due to the January 6 event.
“Oh yeah, I’m doing therapy, but also, I’ve just slowed down,” she said.
“I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode.”
AOC described how former Vice President Mike Pence was taken out of the chamber just minutes before “these terrorists, insurrectionists got into the Senate chamber.”
“Pence was the one person, arguably, that had one of the most important roles in making sure that procedurally the Electoral College counts went on as proceeded,” she said.
“Sixty seconds could have meant potentially the difference between what we have right now and a martial state,” the far-left lawmaker continued.
“This 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,” she added.
“We don’t want to acknowledge that that’s how close we got, but that is how close we got.”
Not long after the event, AOC discussed her “near-death” experience of the riot at the U.S. Capitol during an interview on CBS’s “This Morning."
The Democrat said that a “really important part to healing" was for “survivors of trauma" to share their stories.
AOC recounting her horrifying experience hiding in her office during the insurrection.— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) February 2, 2021
“I thought I was going to die...I have never been quieter in my entire life.” pic.twitter.com/t2P6FU3mFU
“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 of healing and getting through it,” Ocasio-Cortez outlined.