By Samantha Simmons
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounted her memory of the Capitol-Break-in on February 1st, 2021 through Instagram Live. In the narration of her eye-witness account on the international phenomenon, Gen-Z finally saw Ocasio-Cortez as a person without all the answers, rather than her usual political array of intelligence, grace, and passion in her drive for aiding the American people. Ocasio-Cortez spoke for almost all of us in her shock on the events that went on during the week of the Capitol Break In, and used her platform to make a difference within her personal Eye-witness account.
Within her Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez recounted speaking face to face with protesters just days before the capitol break-in. In this confrontation, she was met with “ school yard bullying ” from citizens against the 2020 presidential election results. The congresswoman recalled feeling unsafe and unsure, as her beliefs opposed that of the radical protesters in front of her during the moment of confrontation.
Just days after this confrontation, Ocasio-Cortez genuinely feared for her life, as protesters working against the result of the 2020 U.S. presidential election began running rampant through the capitol. In her livestream, the congresswoman told viewers that she clearly recalled hiding in a bathroom and thinking she was going to die, as unfamiliar people cruised into her office while she was conducting business and sorting out her daily ordeals. These unknown faces shouted to one of her board members, asking where Ocasio-Cortez was located in the building. They then identified themselves as police officers, but were unclear in the time of the Congresswoman`s race for shelter. . This poor identification left Ocasio-Cortez confused and torn on her next step to safety.
Ocasio-Cortez continued to make decisions throughout the occurrence as if her life depended on it, because it did. As an openly liberal woman of color in congress, Ocasio-Cortez understood that she easily could have made herself a target in the eyes of radically-right republicans. Ocasio-Cortez changed out of her work clothes and into workout items during the chaos, as to blend in to the crowd. She questioned whether she should hide in the office of a republican congressman, as to lessen the chance of her being found and ridiculed by protesters that were cross with the congresswoman herself.
Ocasio-Cortez's actions during this time of uncertainty only furthers the belief that she knows how to fight for what she believes in with wit and certainty. In a time filled with uncertainty and sadness, the American people can look to Ocasio-Cortez as a ray of strength and security.
Written by writer Samantha Simmons