AOC Reflects on Capitol Riot Experience: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is describing the fear she felt as pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week amid the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

During an Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez reflected on the violent event and suggested she was not sure she was going to survive.

“As for myself, I had a pretty traumatizing event happen to me and I do not know if I can even disclose the full details of that event due to security concerns, but I can tell you I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die,” she said.

Ocasio-Cortez added, “You have all of those thoughts where, you know, at the end of your life and all of these thoughts come rushing to you and that’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday and I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.”

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She explained it was not just in a “general sense” but in a “very, very specific sense.”

Ocasio-Cortez said the events act as an opportunity to discuss trauma.

“I think what’s really important is that… whenever any person has an encounter where they think they’re going to die and they go through that process, that is a traumatizing event and… things don’t have to get that far for something to be traumatizing,” she continued.

Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted a call on Republicans who went along with President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated election claims to resign.

“I have one message to members of Congress who amplified lies to undermine our democracy, encouraged an attack on our Capitol, and tried to overturn our election: Resign,” she wrote. “If your lust for power exceeds your dedication to democracy, there is simply no place for you in Congress.”

The House is expected to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot, as IJR previously reported.


  1. It’s funny how you racists compare BLM protests to an insurrection in the Capitol Building! Nothing is sacred to you, you think that trying to overthrow our government is just fine because you have had a racist leader feeding you lies for the past 4 years. You blindly followed Trump without an iota of proof! The sad part is you all are still defending Trump.

  2. Well…maybe she has a very small glimpse into what all those police officers were up against during the ANTIFA and BLM terrorist attacks she so valiantly supported…she is one piece of work!

  3. Are we supposed to feel sorry for you? You let cities burn for months and encouraged it. You had no compassion for the thousands of people whose lives were being ruined by it. You had no compassion for all of the people who didn’t know if they were going to die in the riots. Why do you think we care one iota how you felt. When it’s happening to the pleabs it’s the Summer of Love but when it comes to your door it’s terrorism. Pathetic waste of flesh.

  4. Jealous Nancy will be desperate to come up with a better story. Can’t let her competition/nemesis get all of the fake attention.

  5. You do have to admire one trait of Cortez. For such as small chiky how does she stack that much BS into that skinny azz body and it spews so freely while she lets it flow from both ends at the same time

  6. Isn’t Cortez the spoiled little brat that curled up on her comfy couch this past summer while the BLM thugs pilfered towns across the USA. Some one tell her just how many people thought they were going to die. And how many actually did die. Cortez is a modern day freak punk azz. FU Cortez. FU

  7. Poor baby. Maybe she should concern herself with the outrageous BS she spews every day. The British did exactly what the Democrats are doing, denying people’s rights. Hopefully, they will suffer the same end.

  8. AOC says “I think I’m going to die” every single weekend. I have told her a thousand times not to drink that cheap azz tequila but she doesn’t like me telling her what to do.

  9. What is she, a snowflake or a drama queen? What would she have said if she were in Portland or Seattle or Minneapolis when the riots were going on? What if she walked down the streets in the bad parts of her own district in New York? What if she had to serve her country in a military combat situation?

    I have one message to members of Congress who amplified lies to undermine our republic, ignored riots in our cities, and encouraged voter fraud to help steal our election:
    If your lust for power exceeds your dedication to our republic, there is simply no place for you in Congress, or any public office!

    1. It’s amazing what happens when it becomes personal. Maybe this will make her grow up. Maybe this would let her see what people—is regular people—go through every single day.

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