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...
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.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
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...
via: GettyBreaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...
via: GettyAnd 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...
via: GettyWith one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...
via: GettyAnd the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital th… https://t.co/ge5KfHHYlx— Boris Johnson (@Boris Johnson)1609967190.0
The violent acts against American institutions are a grave attack against democracy. I condemn them. The American p… https://t.co/5QNdlnf4Om— Jean-Yves Le Drian (@Jean-Yves Le Drian)1609971730.0
As a United States Citizen, and the daughter of two veterans, and the sister of another, I am ashamed of what is ha… https://t.co/N2QGtxeLHS— P!nk (@P!nk)1609963262.0
Deeply worrying developments in Washington, D.C. This is an assault on democracy. President Trump and several membe… https://t.co/pdUF5kctIT— SwedishPM (@SwedishPM)1609975097.0
The US Congress is a temple of democracy. To witness tonight’s scenes in #WashingtonDC is a shock. We trust the… https://t.co/X39ht8l08T— Charles Michel (@Charles Michel)1609969739.0
The violent scenes we saw in Washington today are an affront to democracies around the globe. True and genuine demo… https://t.co/SpRhXkG05B— Frank Bainimarama (@Frank Bainimarama)1609978428.0
White privilege is violently storming the US Capitol and just...being sent home.— Chasten Glezman Buttigieg (@Chasten Glezman Buttigieg)1609971000.0
I am heartbroken and astounded that this narcissistic and dangerous president would put lives in danger and encoura… https://t.co/hUKMZkAL8i— Stevie Wonder (@Stevie Wonder)1609976597.0
White privilege is also the password to the Capitol building, apparently— Abel (@Abel)1609976412.0
I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. @JoeBiden… https://t.co/CSgBQmkeqv— Ursula von der Leyen (@Ursula von der Leyen)1609971252.0
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.
via: GettyChief 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...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...
via: GettyWhere 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:
"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...
And several arrests have now taken place.
But now, people from inside the Capitol on the receiving end of the violence have spoken out...
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
"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...
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.