Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was blasted on Twitter following reports that she was not in the U.S. Capitol Building, but in her office at the nearby Cannon Office Building when a riot broke out.
The social media platform was rocked into a frenzy after Ocasio-Cortez posted a selfie-video of herself on Instagram describing a run-in she had with a police officer at her office on January 6th, which is not located inside the Capitol Building that was breached by rioters.
According Fox News, the New York congresswoman’s office is located in the Cannon building, which is on the Capitol complex, but is not in the Capitol itself.
In her video — that was posted days after she accused Senator Ted Cruz of attempted murder –Ocasio-Cortez recalled how she hid in a bathroom and “thought” she was “going to die.” She then described the moment when an officer bursted into her office, but his presence “didn’t feel right” and that he was looking at her “in all of this anger and hostility.” She went on to say that her staffer wondered if he would have to fight the officer.
.@AOC describes a Capitol Police officer bursting into her office, says his presence “didn’t feel right” and that he was looking at her “in all of this anger and hostility.” Her staffer reportedly wondered if he would have to fight the officer. pic.twitter.com/LCj2JmmFP6
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) February 2, 2021
This was one of the most heartbreaking moments of AOC’s IG live pic.twitter.com/BumKbriwmy
— grant 🧔🏻 (@urdadssidepiece) February 2, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez’s recollection of her experience was picked up by news outlets, which then twisted the information as if rioters, not the police officer, were the ones entering her office. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who has an office in the same hall as AOC, debunked such claims.
.@AOC made clear she didn’t know who was at her door. Breathless attempts by media to fan fictitious news flames are dangerous.
My office is 2 doors down. Insurrectionists never stormed our hallway. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Is there nothing MSM won’t politicize? pic.twitter.com/Tl1GiPSOft
— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 2, 2021
As reports of AOC’s whereabouts during the riots circulated, the hashtag #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett became one of the top trends on Twitter, where users of the social media platform likened her to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.
But the comparison didn’t come without a reaction from Ocasio-Cortez, who posted the following response:
This is the latest manipulative take on the right.
They are manipulating the fact that most people don’t know the layout the Capitol complex.
We were all on the Capitol complex – the attack wasn’t just on the dome.
The bombs Trump supporters planted surrounded our offices too. pic.twitter.com/jI18e0XRrd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2021
Here are some of the most highly engaged reactions to the latest developments surrounding Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez:
AOC's moving goalposts…
I was in the Capitol –> I was in the Capitol Complex…
Next it will be, I was in Washington, DC… then I was in America.#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 3, 2021
AOC made up a lie about having a near death experience because she knows that PLAYING the victim and PRETENDING you’re oppressed is what gets you attention by the modern day left.#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett
— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) February 3, 2021
— Melissa (@TheRightMelissa) February 4, 2021
AOC Wasn't Even in the Capitol Building During Her 'Near Death' Experience.
What actually happened?
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 3, 2021
— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) February 4, 2021
On a day in which #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett is trending, please never forget the time that @AOC staged a photo shoot dressed in all white at a parking lot to spread lies about immigrant children in cages.
Faking her own attempted murder was the next logical step. pic.twitter.com/y8mNNowMGy
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) February 3, 2021
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) February 4, 2021
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) February 4, 2021
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) February 3, 2021
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) February 3, 2021