Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a well established reputation for saying some pretty crazy stuff. Like the time she was asked about the three branches of government and had no idea whatsoever what they were or how they actually function.
However, the latest statements she made during a conversation with CNN host Dana Bash might be some of the wildest stuff to ever come rolling out of her mouth. That’s not to say that her fears during this time weren’t real or anything of that nature, but that the connections she makes are strange.
Apparently, during this chat with Bash, AOC stated she was terrified she was going to be raped during the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol because “white supremacy and patriarchy are very linked” and then stated that “deeply rooted” misogyny and racism is what motivated the attackers that day.
AOC has stated before in recent months that she was scared for her life during the riot, so this isn’t the first time she’s made comments of this nature.
Ocasio-Cortez was not in the U.S. Capitol building proper during the riot, though she was in the Rayburn House Office Building on the Capitol campus, separated from the Capitol building by a road on the surface and a subway underground. Capitol Police told Ocasio-Cortez and her staff to remain in their offices during the incident. A Republican colleague, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) later said that she was “two doors down” from Ocasio-Cortez and that “insurrectionists never stormed our hallway.”
After Ocasio-Cortez was confronted for “exaggerating” her experience, the New York Post noted, she fired back, insisting that she was near enough to the action to warrant fear.
Ocasio-Cortez, however, insists that she feared for her life during the Capitol riots, and, speaking to Dana Bash, revealed that she also feared being sexually violated.
In a clip from the interview, which is supposed to air on Monday evening, Bash asks AOC, “You didn’t only think you were going to die, you thought you were going to be raped?”
“Yeah, I thought I was,” Ocasio-Cortez replies.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t take an opportunity to really elaborate on why she was so deeply worried about that happening, she did tell Bash that her fear of sexual violence was connected to how “white supremacy” and the “patriarchy” are tied together.
“White supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in a lot of ways,” she went on to say. “There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence and I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed, I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.”
AOC then tried to break down the philosophy she thinks served as the motivation for the Capitol attack and to seemingly defend her own reaction to the events that transpired.
“One of the reasons why that impact was so doubled that day is because of the misogyny and the racism that is so deeply rooted, and animated that attack on the Capitol,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
AOC isn’t the first individual to say that the riots that happened that day were motivated, in part, by sexism.
“It wasn’t just masculinity, or entitlement, or supremacy. It was all of it that made the Capitol attack possible and often allows us to overlook the quieter attacks on our everyday lives,” a professor of sociology said to USA Today at the time of the incident.
“Watching these images are triggering for people who experience the everyday violence of white male supremacy, whether that’s Black men who are patrolled by white police officers on the street or women who feel threatened by white men in their spaces on a daily basis,” the professor stated. “It’s a reminder of the everyday stresses that come with living in a world that’s shaped by white masculinity and that your wellness comes second to their expressions of dominance, which they see as their right.”