The 31-year-old representative, who uses her social media platforms to openly interact and connect with her base, did her first broadcast since the riots on 6th January in Washington which left five people dead. A clearly irate Ocasio-Cortez singled out some of her Republican colleagues for what happened, adding that she was scared that they “would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, et cetera.”
She also hit out at the many members of Trump’s staff who have resigned after Wednesday’s events including Betsy DeVos, Mick Mulvaney and Stephanie Grisham as being as much a part of it as anyone and that resigning will not “clean that blood of their hands.”
A passionate Ocasio-Cortez continued by calling them “cowards” for not invoking the 25th amendment against Donald Trump. She continued by accusing the Republicans of “not giving a damn about the law" but “giving a damn about white supremacy." She added “They care about preserving the social order and the mythology of whiteness than the grandeur of our democracy. That’s what they care about."
Elsewhere in her broadcast, Ocasio-Cortez also lambasted the likes of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, two of the most notable Republicans senators who attempted to sway their peers into overturning the election results last week before the violent insurrection halted proceedings. Although Joe Biden was eventually certified when the Senate resumed. Ocasio-Cortez accused of them of “not caring” powerfully adding :
“This is how democracy can burn. It is fragile. We must cherish it. And they didn’t. And they don’t. So they need to leave. Donald Trump needs to leave. Ted Cruz needs to leave. Josh Hawley needs to get out. They need to get. out.”
The New Yorker had also revealed that had a “very close encounter” during Wednesday’s riot but did not go into any further details than that but did say “I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.”
Democrats have reportedly moved to impeach Trump, who has just a week left of his presidency. The move to impeach Trump for a second time is said to have earned support from Republicans Liz Cheney, John Katko and Mitch McConnell who believes Trump committed an impeachable offence.