Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she is going to therapy after the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6. In a radio interview, she claimed that members of Congress basically “served in war” that day.
In an interview with Latino USA, AOC said the events on January 6 were “extraordinarily traumatizing.” She compared the experience to losing her father at a young age. .
“After the 6th, I took some time and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office, and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma and that this is something that you went through, but we’re all going through,'” AOC said.
“I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager,” she said. “That happened at a young age and I socked it away. I had to live with that for years.”
When asked if she is “doing therapy,” AOC said yes, claiming former President Donald Trump left the Latino community on edge.
“Oh yeah, I’m doing therapy but also I’ve just slowed down,” she said. “I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode.”
In February, AOC said she thought she “was going to die” during the Capitol riot.
AOC also said that “60 seconds could have meant potentially the difference between what we have right now and a martial state.”
For those who disagree with her interpretation of the January 6 events, AOC says they are experiencing “protection of mythology.”
“I think the attacks on the right are about. There are certain mythologies that are really important to this idea of American exceptionalism,” she said.
“But there’s also certain mythologies that are very important to maintaining white supremacy; white supremacy in and of itself is a mythology. And you have to protect it in order to protect that political power, which has now become a very important base in the Republican Party. And that’s why that response was so vociferous — to make it seem that it wasn’t as bad as it was, and it was bad. There are things that happened that day that if 60 seconds went differently, if a different door was opened, if a chair wasn’t barricaded in a certain way, we could have a completely different reality right now,” she added.