Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC, New York state) is being mocked by many on social networks for inventing “near death” moments to increase the horror and seriousness of the chaos. at the Capitol on January 6. Reports indicated that the AOC was not present at the Capitol when the riots broke out, and that her office had not been hacked.
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The congresswoman posted videos depicting the Capitol Police confrontation at her office last month, which detailed life-threatening moments.
“I can tell you I had a very close encounter where I thought I would die.”she said, noting that at first she didn’t realize the person trying to enter her office was the police.
“I’ve never tried to be so quiet in my life,” The AOC said, “emotionally”, she heard the bang on the office door, so she hid behind the bathroom door and heard someone breaking into her office.
One of the AOC staff then told her it was safe to go outside, AOC said. That’s when she saw the man walking in was a Capitol Police officer, whom she described as “White man wearing a black wool hat”.
She added that “It doesn’t feel good because he was looking at me with great anger and hostility… No one else was there, and no one shouted like ‘this is the Capitol, this is the Capitol Police. . ”
The congresswoman said: “I don’t know if I will survive until the end of that day.” She also accused Sen. Ted Cruz of “almost murdering” her because Mr. Cruz and others “provoked the attack” by opposing the Electoral College votes in the general election.
However, the AOC office, although located in the Capitol complex, is not located in the Capitol itself (dome, House of Representatives, and the Senate) – the site where protesters broke in.
AOC’s office is located in Cannon building, about 700m from the main Dien. It was also one of the buildings where employees were told to evacuate after suspicious packages were found in the area. Law enforcement found tube bombs and Molotov cocktails in the vicinity.
An analysis of events on the RedState news website found the New York state congresswoman was not in the Capitol Building at the time of the riots.
“If she’s in her office, she’s at the nearby Cannon Building, but a different building from the Capitol”, RedState reports write. “A lot of people don’t know the site plan and assume she’s in the Capitol building.”
South Carolina State Representative Nancy Mace, who also has an office at Cannon Building, agrees that the AOC’s account of the incident is exaggerated.
Mrs. Mace say Her office is right next door [văn phòng AOC] and she did not see any riot participant “storming the hallway.” She concluded that “Is there anything that the mass media are not trying to politicize?”
On Wednesday, the congresswoman responded to RedState’s accusations, claiming that the report “manipulated information.”
“This is the latest act of manipulation by the right wing”, The AOC writes on Twitter. “They’re manipulating the fact that most people don’t know the layout of the Capitol complex. We were all in the Capitol complex – the attack wasn’t just in the dome. The bombs that Trump supporters have put around our office. “
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