Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has opened up about the "traumatizing" close encounter she had when the Capitol was stormed...

The Democrat spoke about last Wednesday's riot during a tell-all Instagram live...

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And what she had to say starkly highlights the severity of the chaos that ensued last week.

Now, this comes amid overwhelming tensions among the pro-Trump community.

Last week, on January 6th, during which a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.

Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...

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Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"

The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...

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And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.

A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...

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With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.

From this, more violence ensued...

As rioters clashed with the few police officers in presence.

The scenes shocked people all over the globe...

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And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.

Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.

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Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.

It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...

However, details surrounding the other fatalities remain unclear. "One adult female and 2 adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies on or around Capitol grounds," Contee said, "which resulted in their deaths."

From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.

The president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.

He instead issued a series of tweets...

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Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."

Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:

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"Go home, we love you, you're very special."

Shortly afterward, his Twitter account was suspended indefinitely, as were his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

A week has now passed since the violence ensued, and people all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...

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And several arrests have now taken place.

But now, people from inside the Capitol on the receiving end of the violence have spoken out...

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AOC being one of them.

The Democrat said in an Instagram Live on Tuesday night that she had a "very close encounter" on January 6th.

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Before revealing that she thought she "was going to die."

Ocasio-Cortez did not provide many details about what happened to her, citing security issues...

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But she called the encounter "traumatizing," saying, "I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive."

AOC was not in the Capitol on Tuesday night, having voted by proxy, meaning another Democrat voted for the resolution on her behalf.

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During the live, she explained that she worried during the storming of the Capitol about other members of Congress knowing her location and did not feel safe going to the same secure location as her colleagues, citing members who believe in the QAnon collective delusion and "frankly, white supremacist members of Congress ... Who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location."

She also said she was concerned that there were colleagues "who would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc."

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And that she "didn't feel safe around other members of Congress."

Ocasio-Cortez also said that members of Congress "nearly and narrowing escaped death" during the riot.

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"To run in the Capitol and not know if an officer is there to help you or to harm you is also quite traumatizing."

The Democrat has not posted much on Instagram since the attack...

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Though she recently posted a story saying that the riot had been traumatizing and that she would need more time to recover before going into detail to followers about what happened.

You can watch her recallation here.

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