In an emotional video, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has spoken out for the very first time about how she's a sexual assault survivor and how the Capitol riots triggered PTSD.
Read on to hear her powerful message about how we need to deal with the violence inflicted on January 6th...
It's been a very turbulent few months here in the United States...
And tensions are higher than ever before.
Members of the U.S Congress are well and truly feeling the heat following Donald Trump's departure from the White House...
And one of those people is Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is more commonly known as AOC.
AOC is well known for regularly making jabs at her Republican opponents...
But in more recent times, the influential young woman decided to open up about something very personal following the pro-Trump riots that took place at the U.S Capitol building last month... and it's truly moving what she had to say.
Now, AOC comes from surprisingly humble beginnings.
Born in the Bronx in 1989, she was brought up in a Puerto Rican family and went on to show off her political ambitions from a very young age.
This included taking part in her high school's National Hispanic Institute's Lorenzo de Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session and becoming the LDZ Secretary of State while studying at Boston University.
She has also worked extensively for years to try and put an end to the notorious Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers...
Abolish ICE. https://t.co/9uMtKmyEI1— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 27, 2019
Which is something that would, in the future, gain her a huge following and wave of support from Democrats.
After graduating with a double-major in international relations and economics, AOC moved back in with her mom in the Bronx following her father's tragic death...
And she would work multiple jobs, such as waitressing and cleaning, to help her mom fight foreclosure of their home.
In 2016, the young woman started working as an organizer for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and his presidential campaign...
And even though the campaign was unsuccessful, this didn't stop AOC.
Shortly afterward, she set off on a road-trip across America visiting places such as Flint, Michigan, and Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota to speak to people affected by the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In 2018, she drew national recognition when she won the Democratic Party's primary election for New York's 14th congressional district.
AOC's 2018 primary win was probably one of the best things to happen for progressives and probably for the Democratic Party overall. IDK if I agree with all her positions but she's such a marvel. Truly fantastic.— Ben Walsh 🏳️🌈 (@ben_walsh89) October 23, 2020
AOC defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in what was widely seen as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries.
She then went on to defeat Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in the November 2018 general election.
Taking office at age twenty-nine, AOC is the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress...
And she was the youngest member of Congress until 2021 when Madison Cawthorn was sworn in.
Truly amazing, right?
AOC uses her social media platform to promote her views, which has gained her an impressive global following...
And she advocates a very progressive platform that includes Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, the Green New Deal, and, of course, abolishing ICE.
So, all in all...
AOC is a woman who is striving to make a difference to our country, especially for women, immigrants, and disadvantaged people.
She is known to touch on her own personal experiences when it comes to promoting her views and proposed policies...
And this is exactly what she did recently when discussing the shocking pro-Trump riots that took place at the U.S Capitol building just weeks before President Biden's inauguration.
On January 6th, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in protest of his election loss to Joe Biden.
It was a clear attack against the Democrats as the rioters chanted "stop the steal" and charged their way through to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, where they proceeded to loot and damage her personal property.
5 people sadly died as a result of the violence.
It was a terrifying ordeal for the members of Congress who were in the building that day...
And it was also a harrowing experience for those who weren't in office that day - the mere fact that thousands of people were threatening violence and destruction against them because of their political views is incomprehendable.
Well, AOC has decided to finally speak out over how she felt about the violent riots.
Taking to Instagram Live, she decided to dedicate over an hour to discuss "what happened at the Capitol."
The Congresswoman started by acknowledging the people who had this unnecessary violence inflicted upon them.
"There were food service workers that were afraid for their lives, there were custodial workers that had to clean up after the wreckage of white supremacists and many of those workers were Black and brown and immigrant... they were having to clean up for white supremacists," she said.
She then started to get visibly emotional.
"The reason I'm getting emotional is because these folks who tell us to move on, that it's not a big deal, that we should forget whats happened, or even telling us to apologize, these are the same tactics of abusers," she explained.
"And I'm a survivor of sexual assault and I haven't told many people that in my life."
"When we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other."
"And so whether you had a neglectful parent or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you... whether you experienced any form of trauma in your life, small to large! These episodes can compound on one another... all of our experiences make us who we are," she then said.
AOC decided to then make a very apparent dig at the Republicans and the pro-Trump supporters who were responsible for the violence.
"When I see a party who cheered on violence, violence that killed 5 - maybe now 6 - people, and we're still losing people and we don't know how many people will develop PTSD from what happened... when we don't know how many people are still hospitalized... all while these people are trying to tell us it's not a big deal."
This was clearly a reference to how the events of January 6th triggered her own PTSD...
And she stressed to her followers how important is it to hold this event to account.
"We know that if we do not hold people accountable, what they're asking for when they say, 'we just move on', is that what they are asking is, 'can we just forget this happened so I can do it again?'. And that's what these folks are asking!"
Her message is a powerful one...
And she's right when saying that the people responsible for this violence need to be held accountable.
You can watch her full video here:
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