On Monday night, nearly a month after Trump-backed insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overthrow a Democratic election and, in some cases, kill U.S. lawmakers, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez took to Instagram Live to share his heartbreaking tale from That Day.
Traumatized not only by the close encounter with people who were there to hurt her, but also by the PTSD she suffers from as a result of a previous sexual assault, Ocasio-Cortez said while hiding in the office from another congressman, she thought she was going to die. .
“I felt if this was the trip my life was taking, that I felt like things were going to be okay and that, you know, I had accomplished my goal.”
She was definitely right to be terrified. Terrorism was, in part, the goal of the Capitol uprising. Last month, in fact, a 34-year-old Texan named Garret Miller has been arrested for participating in the riot and posting violent threats online, including a tweet that simply read “Assassinate AOC”.
But to the many people on the right who told him and other Democrats to “move on” from these events, Ocasio-Cortez says they “were using the same tactics as all the other attackers who tell you just move on ”. A simple quick scroll on Twitter following his powerful testimony proves his point.
“This is a masterclass on emotional manipulation,” says journalist Michael Tracey.
“Only AOC can make the Capitol riots all around itself,” tweets Breanna Morello.
“Members of Congress are lying, including AOC. Especially AOC ”, explains Austin Petersen.
“All of this tells us that the AOC is not emotionally prepared to be in Congress or any other form of leadership. She wants to be pampered, ”according to RBPundit.
Unfortunately, this is not surprising. In the hellish, jarring and tribal political landscape we currently live in, AOC is a vilified figure on the right, therefore we shouldn’t even expect the revelation that she had been sexually assaulted or feared for her death. life. Jan. 6, curling up in a closet and wondering aloud if she’ll live to be a mother someday – to be greeted with basic decency or empathy by some hardened supporters who see only enemy avatars, not real people.
The rioters who breached the Capitol, those who shouted “hang Mike Pence”, the women who went to look for for President Nancy Pelosi to “shoot him in the brain”, the man who to beat a policeman with an American flag, another who attacked a policeman with a hockey stick, another who engraved “Murder the Media” on a door inside the building, the people who planted bombs around Washington, DC, that day, those who paraded swastikas through the people’s house, those who carried Confederate flags and white pride signs – they weren’t thinking of the people in that building, only their own hatred .
They weren’t thinking of moms and dads, daughters and sons, grandparents and grandchildren in this building when they went looking for scalps. They didn’t see Officer Brian Sicknick as Charles and Gladys’ son, or Ken and Craig’s brother, when they killed him with a fire extinguisher. They didn’t see Nancy Pelosi as Bella’s grandmother, or Mike Pence as Charlotte’s father.
Republican lawmakers like Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who taunted their supporters for fighting the election results, touting baseless allegations of fraud and “stolen” elections, don’t weren’t thinking of the people on the other side. aside from the anger they stoke. They weren’t thinking of the human cost of all this turmoil, fear mongering, and incitement. Remarkably and frightening, they don’t seem to be now, as they continue to spread the lies.
And Trump, who for years made a name for himself pitting Americans against each other, telling whoever wanted to hear it that all their problems were caused by people who were unlike them, waging war on them. enemies both real and imagined, lying to his own followers. , stoking their conspiracy theories, convincing them to go to war for him, to kill for him, to die for him – he didn’t care about people who would do just that and lose everything in the process.
This kind of unreasonable moral decay has infected America deep in her heart. It’s in our partisan politics, our self-defeating culture wars, our hysterical media and our addiction to hate.
It’s in reactions to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s moving tale of her trauma: “are you going”, “she’s lying”, “she just wants attention”. Is it so impossible to separate his politics from his person?
It becomes more and more clear with each passing day that in the midst of all the things that pose an imminent threat to our way of life – disease, climate change, war – it is really our inability to see ourselves as people before. the politics that will destroy us.
SE Cupp is the host of “SE Cupp Unfiltered” on CNN.
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