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Ocasio-Cortez says she feared for her life in Capitol siege

Congress Electoral College
Posted at 6:01 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:01:27-05

NEW YORK — New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she and other elected officials “narrowly escaped death” last week when a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed into the U.S. Capitol and she worried that her own colleagues would put her at risk.

In an Instagram Live video on Tuesday night, the Democrat said she personally had an encounter “where I thought I was going to die.”

She said there was “a sense that something was wrong from the inside” and that she remained fearful even after she was taken to a secure location with other elected officials.

Ocasio Cortez, who is Hispanic, noted that her fears were heightened because there were white supremacists and other extremists taking part in the mostly white mob.