Against the background of the pomp and circumstances of his inauguration this week, a prominent Democrat in particular was absent.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, DN.Y., first told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that she had turned down her invitation to take over President Biden in support of a trade union strike in the South Bronx.
“I’m excited about President Biden and Vice President Harris,” she said, “I think the celebrations were phenomenal.”
But when he was pressured, the progressive robber admitted that she also took the oath due to security concerns, adding that she did not feel safe among her colleagues at the moment.
“It was supposed to be a demonstration of strength and unity, and you weren̵
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“I think we also had a lot of real security concerns,” Ocasio-Cortes admitted. “We still don’t feel safe among the other members of Congress.”
She added that “a very significant portion” of members of Congress did not feel safe among their colleagues for two weeks after the rebels broke through the Capitol.
The New York Democrat said spokesman Andy Harris, R-Md., Tried to bring a gun to the floor of the House.
“The moment you bring a gun to the floor of a house in violation of the rules, you are putting everyone in danger,” she said when asked about the prospect that members might try to provide protection against an uprising such as the January 6 riot. so.
“I don’t care what they are, according to their intentions.”
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Ocasio-Cortes said she thought she might die the day the Trump mob entered the Capitol.
“I can tell you that I had a very close meeting when I thought I was going to die,” she said on Instagram Live. “And you have all those thoughts that at the end of your life … all those thoughts are rushing at you. And that happened to a lot of us on Wednesday, and I didn’t think – I didn’t know if he would make it to the end of his life. this day. “
“We were very lucky that things happened at certain minutes, which allowed the members to escape from the floor of the House, but many of us almost barely escaped death,” added Ocasio-Cortes.
She said she was worried that her own colleagues might reveal her whereabouts to the crowd.
Lawmakers were forced to hide in an undisclosed location as the rebels made their way to the House and Senate. Ocasio-Cortez said he did not feel safe because there were QAnon members and white sympathizers and, frankly, white Supremacist members of Congress at this retrieval point, whom I knew and who I thought would reveal my whereabouts and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc. “
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“So I didn’t even feel safe among the other members of Congress,” she added.