January 6th, 2021 Must Stay With the Republican Party Forever.
A response to AOC’s revelations about what took place the day of the insurrection.
I’m not sure there are many who would deny that overall, the American people have short attention spans. Considering how we already seem to have moved on as a nation from the fact that the President of the United States incited a violent mob on January 6th to storm the capitol in a last fleeting attempt to retain power, I’m not sure there’s a lot out there that can get us to really stop, think, and reflect upon the gravity of a certain event or reality. On Instagram Live however, none other than Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez managed to draw our attention back to what took place that day, and the ramifications not only on her personally, but the country overall.
Recalling her experience and what happened to her personally on January 6th, AOC described in detail how she genuinely thought she was going to die. She described hiding in the bathroom, second guessing her decision to hide there and getting ready to go hide in the closet instead when she realized that whoever was trying to get inside her office had succeeded. Retreating back into the bathroom she hid behind the door, hearing repetitive yells of “where is she?”
Back pressed against the wall with the door concealing her, that was the moment AOC told those watching that she thought it was over for her. Becoming visibly affected by describing what happened to her, she goes on to describe how she lost all sense of time, and has no idea how long she was actually hiding from the person yelling, who ended up being a Capitol Police officer that had not identified himself.
Eventually, AOC began to tear up, and said she remembered thinking that if this was how it ended for her, she was okay with it because she had fulfilled her purpose. She looked through the door hinge, watched a white man in a beanie open the door to her personal office, and said she has never been quieter in her entire life. AOC’s staffer who told her it was okay to come out later told her after they had realized it was a Capitol police officer that he hadn’t been sure if the officer was there to help them or hurt them either. The officer screamed at them to leave the building and go to another building she did not name, not giving them any specific location within it.
Now, in the aftermath, AOC and others who have demanded those who helped to incite this event be held accountable have been mocked, called hysterical, and even been told to apologize.
Perhaps the most powerful moment of her entire recollection was when AOC came forward, and told her audience that she was a victim of sexual assault when she was younger. Crying, she said “trauma compounds on each other”, and went on to add that the tactics of denial and minimization members of the GOP are using to downplay the events of January 6th are the tactics of abusers. Considering the threats of violence and sexual violence that AOC has dealt with on a near constant basis since she entered the national stage coupled with everything that was happening around her, can anyone really be surprised that she is taking this personally? Frankly, we all should be.
The GOP can never, ever be allowed to live the events of January 6th down. For long as the Republican Party remains an organization within American politics, what happened that day has to stay with them.
Representative Katie Porter recalled when AOC eventually came to her office after the ordeal she went through with Capitol Police, shaken. Congresswoman Porter attempted to calm her down, said she was a Mom, and assured her that she had enough food there to last them a month if need be. AOC’s response was that she hoped she lived to be a mother.
There is no unity, or healing with the people or lawmakers who caused that.
This was bigger than Donald Trump, and his desperation to remain in power in the days leading up to the end of his Presidency. This is about Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mo Brooks, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and every other lawmaker who went along with the President’s efforts because they knew that every single person Donald Trump managed to enrage and rile up was a potential voter. This is about elected officials who put the lives of their fellow lawmakers in jeopardy because they wanted some cheap points for their upcoming electoral ambitions. Impeaching the President is not enough. Every single lawmaker who took part in the rhetoric and incitements that led up to the riot must be removed from office.
Of course, this is about far more than just AOC and what happened to her personally. For the sake of preserving whatever we have left of our democracy, and in order to prevent a hostile authoritarian right wing takeover from ever occurring, everyone who aided and abetted those responsible should not be allowed to walk the halls of power again.