January 6, 2021, will forever be remembered as a day of violence and bloodshed. When Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in an attack that resulted in the death of a police officer, members of Congress were left fighting for their lives. Although some Congressional leaders were closer to the violence than others, the attack on the American seat of government left all involved shook and terrified.
The young congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confessed that the Capitol riots left her traumatized and in desperate need of emotional help. She has since sought therapy to help her deal with the trauma of being near the attacks the resulted in several deaths, including the death of a police officer.
In a conversation with the Latino USA podcast, Ocasio-Cortez, who is commonly known by her initials AOC, said that she is now learning to “slow down” and appreciate life after she was almost hurt in January when Trump supporters attacked. She also referred to the attack as an “all-out attempted coup” supported by the then-president.
“Oh yeah, I’m doing therapy, but also I’ve just slowed down. I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode,” the young congresswoman said.
Ocasio-Cortez added, “After the 6th, I took some time, and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma.’ And I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager… That happened at a young age, and I locked it away. You have to live with it for years.’
Because the Capitol riots were an “extraordinarily traumatizing event,” she and other members of congress have been forever changed. She also confessed that the riot had damaged relationships with other members of Congress because they do not see eye-to-eye on what happened during the fatal attack.
The podcast interview between Ocasio-Cortez and journalist Maria Hinojosa aired on Friday. AOC added, “It has deeply, deeply affected lawmaking, policy-making, and it’s very quiet, it’s not spoken about.”
Now, the House of Representatives is pushing for a 9/11-style investigation into the “terrorist attack” on January 6, 2021. Republicans crossed Party lines to support the investigation because it left a police officer dead and others killed. Also, former Vice President Mike Pence was almost captured by insurrectionists but was taken out of the Senate chambers only moments before he would have been captured and killed. He was seconds away from being hanged by the mob.
“Pence was the one person, arguably, that had one of the most important roles in making sure that procedurally the Electoral College counts went on as proceeded. Sixty seconds could have meant potentially the difference between what we have right now and a martial state,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This was an all-out attempted coup.”
“If 60 seconds went differently, if a different door was opened, if a chair wasn’t barricaded in a certain way, we could have a completely different reality right now,” she said. “We don’t want to acknowledge that that’s how close we got, but that is how close we got.”
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