AOC is facing national backlash after being exposed for lying in claim that she was nearly “murdered” during the Capitol building breach that took place on Jan. 6.
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace – whose office is two doors down from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – pointed out that “insurrectionists” never made it to their hall when the U.S. Capitol building was breached on Jan. 6.
Mace made the note while hitting the media for their attempts to “fan fictitious news flames” about the breach. On Jan. 6, Mace tweeted that she left her office in the Cannon Building, still inside the Capitol complex but some distance from the Capitol Rotunda and House Chambers: “Just evacuated my office in Cannon due to a nearby thereat,” she wrote.
RedState reported, “AOC wasn’t even in the Capitol building where all the action was going down. If she was in her office, she was in the Cannon Building which is nearby, but a different building. But of course, many didn’t get the logistics and just assumed that she was in the Capitol building.”
“According to Rep. Nancy Mace, who has an office in the same hall as AOC, two doors away, there were never any rioters in their hall so there was never any physical danger from rioters coming in at any point.”
“[Ocasio-Cortez] made clear she didn’t know who was at her door,” the Republican wrote, captioning a post from Newsweek. “Breathless attempts by media to fan fictitious news flames are dangerous.”
“My office is 2 doors down,” Mace underscored. “Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Is there nothing MSM (mainstream media) won’t politicize?”
Reporting on AOC’s recollection of the events on Jan. 6, Newsweek reported:
Ocasio-Cortez said that rioters actually entered her office, forcing her to take refuge inside her bathroom after her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez told her to “hide, hide, run and hide.”
“And so I run back into my office,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I slam my door. There’s another kind of like back area to my office, and I open it, and there’s a closet and a bathroom. And I jump into my bathroom.”
Ocasio-Cortez said [she] was hiding behind the door “and then I just start to hear these yells of, ‘Where is she?’”
As members of the mob banged against the door, Ocasio-Cortez believed “this was the moment where I thought everything was over.”
“And the weird thing about moments like these is that you lose all sense of time,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “In retrospect, maybe it was 4 seconds. Maybe it was 5 seconds, maybe it was 10 seconds. Maybe it was one second, I don’t know. It felt like my brain was able to have so many thoughts.”
“In between the screams and the yells,” Ocasio-Cortez added, “I mean, I thought I was going to die.”
Mace argued that Newsweek was misleading in how they categorized AOC’s own account in an effort to “fan fictitious news flames.”
After Rep. Mace criticized Newsweek’s coverage, the outlet issued a correction to amend the description of Ocasio-Cortez’s account as follows: “Ocasio-Cortez said that an individual actually entered her office, forcing her to take refuge inside her bathroom after her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez told her to ‘hide, hide, run and hide.’”
Newsweek’s correction note reads: “A previous version of this story stated that Ocasio-Cortez’s office was entered by rioters. Ocasio-Cortez’s office was actually entered by a Capitol police officer that did not identify himself. Newsweek regrets the error.”
On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to RedState’s “take” on her whereabouts during the Capitol breach, defensively, calling the report “manipulative.”
“This is the latest manipulative take on the right,” she wrote.
As she did earlier in the week, Ocasio-Cortez portrayed pushback against her characterization of events as “tactics of abusers.”
“It is also very damning and revealing that the GOP is now digging both heels in a discrediting campaign,” she wrote. “It’s because they know they are implicated, so they’re pivoting to (again) the classic abuse playbook of ‘it’s not as bad as they say.’ It was that bad. It’s actually worse.”