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In a one-hour live Instagram video Tuesday night, spokeswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, DN.Y., described her personal experience last week when a violent mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding.
“A very traumatic event happened to me,” she described. “And I don’t know if I can even reveal the full details of this event for security reasons. But I can tell you that I had a very close collision when I thought I was going to die.”
She added: “Wednesday [Jan. 6] it was an extremely traumatic event, and it is no exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were nearly killed. It is simply not an exaggeration to say this at all. We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes, which allowed the members to escape from the floor of the House unharmed. But many of us have narrowly escaped death. “
Ocasio-Cortez has made direct contact with voters via social media part of her brand, taking them behind the scenes into what a congresswoman’s life is like, having candid conversations and sharing videos of her receiving the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination.
In a video Tuesday, she said she felt insecure in a secure room where she was held with other lawmakers while the Capitol was locked.
“I myself did not even feel safe going to this extraction point because there were QAnon sympathizers and white Suprematists and outright white members of Congress at this extraction point, whom I know and who I felt would reveal my location and will allow me to who would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc. ”
She also noted the refusal of several Republican members to wear masks while locked up, which she said endangered the lives of her colleagues.
At least three Democratic members of Congress tested positive for coronavirus in the days after the uprising.