MOn Wednesday January 6, 2021 in Washington, the US Congress is in the midst of the electoral college’s vote count when its headquarters, the iconic Capitol, is invaded by hundreds of pro-Trump protesters. That day, five people died: a police officer beaten with a fire extinguisher, a protester shot by an agent and three sympathizers of the Republican president, died for “medical reasons” according to the police.
Given the rioters’ resentment, and the presence of firearms in a country where they are legion, the toll could have been much heavier. This is what thought many elected officials who were inside the Capitol at the time of the assault. “We did not go far from seeing nearly half of the House die,” said the elected Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez interviewed a few days later on the ABC channel.
“I thought I was going to die”
The young elected Democrat, nicknamed AOC, returned Monday via a live Instagram on this event. Hidden in the office of Katie Porter, another representative, she explains that some of the rioters entered the Capitol in order to find her, precisely. “I started rummaging around Katie’s office like crazy,” she says, “I opened all the cupboards, looked in every corner, looking for where I could hide when they entered the office. I thought I was going to die. ”
As Business Insider explains, Katie Porter confirmed all of this in an interview with MSNBC. She remembers being marked, because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “usually always very polite and pleasant”, hardly spoke to her at that time. “She was opening doors and told me she was looking for a place to hide when I offered to help her. ”
Two anecdotes told by the elected representative of California then illustrate how “AOC” was seized by fear on Wednesday, January 6. First of all, when, to reassure her, Katie Porter tells her “I’m a mother of a family, don’t worry, I have everything I need, we can live in this office for about a month”, Ocasio-Cortez replies: “I hope that one day I can be a mother, I hope that I will not die today. ”
In heels that day, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez panicked, doubting her ability to flee a horde of protesters angry with her, staunch opponent of Donald Trump as popular on one side of the political spectrum as she is hated the other. “I knew I shouldn’t have been wearing heels, how am I going to run?” Worried the Democrat. Katie Porter says: “We found a pair of sneakers that belonged to someone on my team so she could run if she ever had to do it for her own survival…”