On February 1st, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez described the events of the January 6th Capitol storming.
She did so as part of a lengthy Instagram live video chat.
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She said some in Congress are telling her “to move on,” or even apologize, following the violent insurrection at the Capitol in January were using “the same tactics of abusers.”
“The reason I say this and the reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what’s happened, or even telling us to apologize. These are the same tactics of abusers. And, um, I’m a survivor of sexual assault,” Ocasio-Cortez said. The congresswoman did not share details of the assault.
“And I haven’t told many people that in my life. But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other. And so, whether you had a negligent or a neglectful parent, and — or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large — these episodes can compound on one another.”
One of the most worrisome moments of the entire situation was when a Capitol Police Officer was looking for her, to rescue her, but she thought he was a “insurrectionist”.
A man came into her office unannounced, banged on several doors and yelled, “Where is she?” Ocasio-Cortez said she thought that man was an insurrectionist, but he was a Capitol Police officer.
“I thought I was going to die,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
In her story, Ocasio-Cortez said she had just returned to her office from getting the second dose of her Covid-19 vaccine when she and her legislative director, her only staffer with her at the time, heard loud bangs on doors in the hallway.
“I hear huge violent bangs on my door and then every door going into my office,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Like someone was trying to break the door down. And there were no voices. There were no yells. No one saying who they were, nobody identifying themselves.”
Ocasio-Cortez said she ran into her legislative director’s office, who then told her to hide. She at first hid in the office’s bathroom before attempting to move across the room into a closet. Ultimately, she decided to stay in the bathroom after she felt it was too late to move.
“I just started to hear these yells of, ‘Where is she? Where is she?'” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I have never been quieter in my entire life,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I held my breath,” adding, “This was the moment where I thought everything was over.”
It wasn’t until a few moments later when a staffer told her it was OK to come out that she realized the man was a Capitol Police officer.
Despite saving and protecting her, AOC said her encounter with this Capitol Police officer “didn’t feel right,” and she was unnerved that he did not identify himself.
CNN has asked the Capitol Police for comment on Ocasio-Cortez’s account of the day.
She said the police officer told her and her staffer to “go down” and “go to this other building,” adding that she purposefully omitted the name of the building for security reasons.
“The situation felt so volatile with this officer that I run over, I grabbed my bag and we just start running over to that building,” she said.
She didn’t suffer any injuries or any actual trauma.
But she said that she had allegedly been a victim of sexual assault in the past, and those saying that the Capitol building storming should be moved on from remind her of that time.
In recognizing the common rhetorical strategies used by both Republicans eager to minimize the attack and perpetrators of gender violence eager to avoid accountability for their treatment of women.
AOC was repeating feminists who compared Donald Trump’s increasingly hostile and reckless behavior in the last two months of his term to a pattern common to domestic abusers, who are known to escalate their violence in the weeks immediately following their victim’s severing of the relationship.
Essentially, she recalled a past experience that could have happened to win some more sympathy.
AOC’s broadcast was to call for accountability for the Republican members of Congress who incited and may have aided the Capitol attack.
“Accountability is about creating safety,” she said. It was their actions that caused the trauma inflicted on her and others; their actions that had incited the violence and ultimately, indirectly, led to several deaths.
“The violence needed someone to tell the lie,” AOC said, referring to the false claims, made by Trump and stoked by Republicans. “They knew that these violent people needed the lie. Because it would be advantageous to them, they chose to tell the lie.”
As such, as expected she shifted the entire blame on Trump and his supporters, as the Democrats cannot do wrong.
The Biden Administration and the rule of Democrats is one, endless, drama show.
Starting two weeks before Trump vacated the presidential seat, the CIA began to rebrand itself, for inclusiveness and creating a “family friendly” spy brand.
— CIA (@CIA) January 2, 2021
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Zachary Roif, creative director at advertising agency R/GA, compares the new design to that of an independent ad agency.
“It’s hysterical to think about these archaic institutions rebranding as a millennial DTC brand or ad agency,” says Roif. “It’s a painfully common and trendy visual language they’ve chosen which is sort of the opposite of what you expect from a governmental institution.”
CIA Director Gina Haspel, who became the agency’s first female director in May 2018, tells the Associated Press that she hopes the new website will give potential recruits a sense of the “dynamic environment that awaits them here. We’ve come a long way since I applied by simply mailing a letter marked ‘CIA, Washington, D.C.,’” Haspel told the AP.
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