Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed in a new clip released Monday that she feared MAGA rioters would murder and rape her when they stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“White supremacy and patriarchy are closely linked in many ways,” the progressive Democrat said when he recalled that day. “There’s a lot of sexualization from that violence and I didn’t think I would just get killed, I thought other things would happen to me.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s candid recollection came in a preview for the CNN series Being, which airs an episode Monday night.
“Not only did you think you were going to die, you thought you were going to be raped?” asked CNN host Dana Bash.
“Yeah, I thought so,” Ocasio-Cortez replied, nodding.
AOC told CNN’s Dana Bash she thought Capitol rioters would do “other things” than just kill her if they found her that day
Lawmaker said misogyny and racism ‘animated’ US Capitol attack
“One of the reasons that impact doubled that day is because of the misogyny and racism that is so entrenched and that inspired the attack on the Capitol,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The star legislator revealed in a February Instagram Live video that she is a survivor of sexual assault.
She told her story after critics suggested she and others would move forward from the day violent Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol.
In the 90-minute message, the 31-year-old chided those who she said urged people to put January 6 behind them and fail to recognize the lingering impact of such an event.
“The reason I’m getting emotional right now is because these people who are telling us to move on, that it’s no big deal, that we should forget what happened, or even tell us to apologize, this are the same tactics of abusers,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
‘I’m a survivor of sexual violence, I haven’t told that to many people in my life.
“As a survivor, I struggle with the idea of being believed.”
She gave no details about the attack or when it took place.
New York lawmaker discussed the aftermath of the Capitol uprising on Instagram Live as she made the disclosure
The New York congresswoman drew parallels between the lawmakers trying to “get ahead” of the Capitol riots and the denial tactics used by abusers.
“They’re trying to tell us to move on without any responsibility, without telling any truth, or without facing the extreme damage, loss of life, trauma,” she said.
“When we go through a trauma, traumas pile up.
“No, something really big happens to you and then you take it and you move on, and then if something else happens to you, you deal with it.”
Also in the upcoming CNN special, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still won’t say whether she’s challenging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his seat in the impending 2022 primary.
In a recently released clip, Bash asks the progressive legislator if she will challenge Schumer in a primary.
Ocasio-Cortez laughs off the question.
In the recently released CNN clip, AOC laughs when asked about a possible primary challenge for Chuck Schumer
“Here’s the thing, is that – I know it drives everyone crazy,” she begins in the one-minute preview for an episode of the new CNN series Being. “But the way I really think about this and the way I really approach my politics and my political career is that I don’t look at things and position my course.”
“I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe that, but I can’t work the way I work and do the things I do in politics while trying to pursue other things.”
Schumer won his first Senate election in 1998 and has held office ever since. In 2021, he became the first Senate majority leader from New York.
Ocasio-Cortez is a relative newcomer who rocketed to progressive stardom after defeating 10-term incumbent and Pelosi protégé Joe Crowley in a 2018 Democratic primary.
But instead of saying whether she would do it again, Ocasio-Cortez told the CNN host, “I make decisions based on what I think our people need and what my community needs.”
“So I’m not commenting on that,” she finished.
Schumer has been in the Senate for over two decades and recently became New York’s first majority leader (pictured on Capitol Sunday)
AOC has said she and Schumer have a good working relationship
The midterm elections are in November 2022 in less than a year and a half and the leftist con man has been repeatedly speculated as to whether she is eyeing a senior position.
Ocasio-Cortez handily won her first general election in November 2018 for New York’s 14th congressional district and was easily re-elected to her second term in late 2020.
And it’s not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has challenged Schumer’s chair.
She told Punchbowl News in January that she is “decided” and still trying to figure out her role within the Democratic Party and politics in Washington.
“I’m a no-bulls**t kind of person,” Ocasio-Cortez told Punchbowl News in a Q&A published Monday morning.
“I’m not playing coy or anything like that,” she said, referring to dodging questions about potentially giving precedence to Schumer, a three-term senator who previously served as a US representative from New York for 18 years.
Schumer’s allies worry about potential primary challenge from AOC
“I’m still very much in a place where I’m trying to decide what’s the most effective thing I can do to help our Congress, our [political] and our country is actually tackling the problems of climate change, health care, wage inequality, etc.’, continues AOC.
She said she is less concerned about movements within the party, whether that be moving to another room or to a leadership position.
“For me, the positional stuff is just tactical decisions,” she explained. ‘These choices have much more to do with ‘the board’, not with one person. Not just me as an individual.’
When asked if she thought Schumer was doing well, Ocasio-Cortez said that’s “hard to say” before deviating from a more collective stance.
The relative newcomer rocketed to political stardom with her progressive firebrand approach
“We’ve been dealing with a fascist president and Mitch McConnell. There’s something like, ‘Are we doing it right?’ There are things you can do in the minority. There are also things you couldn’t do with this minority because the Senate rules changed.’
“I like to think of myself as a good-faith actor and don’t give unfair criticism,” she continued. “But I wonder: on the one hand we pushed it to the limit in terms of rules, on the other hand you look back and there are things that are difficult.”
She also said she wasn’t sure if the House loss to the Democrats would affect her decision whether or not to hold a primary race against Schumer, but again teased that she was “very indecisive.”
But she said their relationship was an “open” one with the two colleagues speaking regularly.
Those in Schumer’s inner circle are concerned that AOC could launch a bid and knock out the 70-year-old senator in a primary race. Schumer thinks she would run for governor or lieutenant governor instead.