Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) came to the defense of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday as Republicans look to discount Ocasio-Cortez’s experience during the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Ocasio-Cortez, who is a constant target of conservative media, told of her experience that day in an Instagram Live on Monday, saying that she feared for her life. The pushback began on Thursday after Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) posted a tweet stating that her office is two doors down from Ocasio-Cortez’s and that there were no insurrectionists in the hallway. However, on the day of the insurrection, Mace tweeted that they were being moved from their offices because of a nearby threat. Porter said any criticism of Ocasio-Cortez’s account is “absolutely untrue,” and confirmed that the fear was very real.
“She came to my office building. I saw her. She asked if she could come into my office. I am here to tell you and everybody, she was terrified,” Porter said, adding, “I have never seen her like that before. She was clearly very, very rattled and very, very scared.”
Porter said they hid in her office for several hours that day, with the lights and their phones turned off, unsure of what was just outside.
“We had no way to know if and when the people who had penetrated the capitol were coming through the tunnels to get us,” Porter said. “No way to know if the voices that we heard in the hallway were those of police officers or those of the mob.”