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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is being dubbed “Alexandria Ocasio-Smollett” as details emerge that she exaggerated the extent of her “trauma” from the Capitol riot, given that she was not at the site of the siege, but in an office building nearby.
In the four weeks since the riot, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has said repeatedly that she feared for her life on Jan. 6, as a result of a “very close encounter.”
This week, the progressive pol shared more details of that said encounter during an Instagram Live.
Ocasio-Cortez was in her office when rioters stormed the Capitol, which is located in the Cannon building. The building is part of the overall Capitol complex, but is not within the Capitol building itself.
She remained barricaded in her office for hours when a man who turned out to be a Capitol Police officer rushed into her office to direct her to a safer location for lawmakers.
The officer, AOC said, had “anger and hostility in his eyes,” making her question if he was trying to put her in a “vulnerable situation.” Still, she opted to trust him and not “pass judgment.”
The 31-year-old lawmaker then became emotional revealing that she was a sexual assault survivor, which caused her to “struggle with the idea of being believed.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said repeatedly that she feared for her life on January 6.Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images
She gave no details about the assault or when it took place.
That struggle, she said, kept her from speaking out initially about her experience at the Capitol.
The problem with her story, however, is that rioters did not storm the building in question, confirmed by Rep.
Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway.”
The accusation began to circulate on social media, resulting in the Democratic socialist getting dragged on multiple platforms including her favorite: Twitter.
After being called out by right-wing journalist Jack Posobiec on the platform with a map of the Capitol complex, the New York lawmaker responded.
This map shows The Capitol building and the Cannon House Office Building.Google Maps
“This isn’t a fact check at all. Your arrows aren’t accurate. They lie about where the mob stormed & place them further away than it was,” she tweeted Wednesday afternoon, “You also fail to convey *multiple* areas people were trying to storm. It wasn’t 1. You also failed to show tunnels.
Survivors of trauma are close to you. They are people you love & you may not know. Many decide whether their story is safe with someone by how they respond to other survivors. Don’t push them away,” she wrote in one of multiple posts. Members of the National Guard stand outside the Cannon House Office building in Washington, D.C.Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images
“The sad thing about disinformation is that once the truth comes out, the damage has already been done. People have already been misled, radicalized & believe lies to a point where their hatred has brewed to violence,” she wrote in another.
“That’s what led to the 6th, and it’s happening right now.”
Following the interaction with Posobiec, hashtags #AOClied, and #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett vaulted to the top trends in the US.