AOC tears up on Instagram Live as she recounts Trump’s ‘attempted coup’ following first day of televised hearings on January 6 Capitol riot
- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram live to make clear her feelings over the January 6 Capitol riots
- Appearing visibly upset and angry as she laid blame with the Republican Party who she said ‘have only committed hard to the lie’ that event was not organized
- Ocasio-Cortez has long been vocal about her experiences during the riot
- Last August she revealed how she feared she might be raped during the attack
- The committee is trying to determine if Trump or members of his inner circle had a role in planning or encouraging the violent attack
- It is expected to release its report in September, right before November’s midterm congressional elections
- More than 800 people have been arrested for their roles in the January 6 riot
- Assault on the Capitol left at least five people dead and 140 police officers injured and followed a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters
During an 11 minute livestream to her Instagram followers, the 32-year-old Squad member appeared both visibly angry and upset at times as she spoke both of the traumatic experience of being there on the day and having to rewatch it once again.
‘I am so angry. Having to relive that footage,’ she began. ‘I know it’s not just me. This is everyone.’
The January 6 committee is holding a series of hearings this month to reveal its findings and show how former President Trump oversaw an effort to overturn the 2020 election in a desperate attempt to stay in power.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram live to make clear her feelings over the January 6 Capitol riots and appeared to tear up while recalling the day
During Thursday’s hearing, scenes of violence together with the sight of Trump supporters flooding the Capitol were played.
‘The hearing didn’t just replay footage but they revealed new footage from that day and they revealed new information. Shocking information. Information like how Republican members of Congress were seeking pardons before the insurrection knowing what they were about to do,’ Ocasio-Cortez explained.
‘They replayed new footage from that day. I am just angry and I know that it’s not just me.’
Ocasio-Cortez has long been vocal about her experiences during the riot. Last August she revealed how she feared she might be raped during the attack. She made no mention of such fears on Thursday’s livestream but the emotions were still raw.
Earlier she posted footage of what the hearing was showing to the public with new footage
Ocasio-Cortez has long been vocal about her experiences during the riot
‘There is such a concerted right-wing operation to try and convince everybody that this didn’t happen. That this wasn’t a big deal. This was an attempted coup of the United States of America,’ AOC explained.
‘When former President Trump’s own people told him ‘No!’, he was going to fire every single person down the train in order to retain power. These attacks killed people, traumatized people and for any of you rightt-winger Trump loyalists, he sent his own people to jail, and promised his own people that he would pardon them. He will not save you. He is a man who only cares about himself.
‘Those gallows and the nooses that they put up in the plaza were for real and people think that just because this man was on reliant TV that this wasn’t real. This was not entertainment. It’s real F-ing life. There’s so much frustration and failure in the present moment but we have to keep the focus on the bigger picture,’ she continued.
AOC appeared visibly upset and angry as she laid blame with the Republican Party who she said ‘have only committed hard to the lie’ that event was not organized
Ocasio-Cortez has continued to speak up about the January 6 riot. In January 2021, she warned that the GOP leaders who dismissed consequences for those involved in the riots were ‘opening the door for it to happen again.’ She shared such sentiments with her 8.5million followers.
‘Very little has changed. Virtually nothing has changed. Ted Cruz voted to protect the behavior. We are on the precipice, legally, of facism. No law was ever passed to prevent this from happening again. I dislike the lesser-of-two-evils-politics just as much as anybody else but we have to understand that this stuff is not even close. This is about if we’re gonna have a Democracy or not. They are running away from it and pretending that this never happened,’ AOC suggested of the Republican Party.
‘If anything the Republicans have only grown more supportive and defending of what happened on that day,’ she said.
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington
‘They were the most truthful when they were the most scared on the day-of and the day after the attack. Since then, they have only committed hard to the lie. They were trying to kill people. They [the rioters] were trying to kill, find and identify people.
‘For the Capitol Police officers that did try and defend the Capitol, 21 Republicans voted against giving them the Congressional Gold Medal,’ AOC said incredulously.
‘This was planned. I received so many notifications leading up to that day. People telling me dress to in plain clothes. Telling me I was going to be a target. Let’s also dispense with this myth it was poor people. These people had private jets, were staying at nice hotels and were going to happy hour afterwards. They had resources. They were targeting the Vice President and the Speaker of the House as well as everybody who was in that chamber and on that campus.
‘Not only that, they have been committed to covering it up every day since.’
Trump supporters clash with police at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. New footage was shown by the January 6 committee on Thursday evening
The January 6 committee is trying to determine if Trump or members of his inner circle had a role in planning or encouraging the violent attack, and has subpoenaed advisors and aides to the former president.
It is expected to release its report in September, right before November’s midterm congressional elections.
More than 800 people have been arrested for their roles in the January 6 assault on Congress by Trump supporters seeking to block certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
The assault on the Capitol left at least five people dead and 140 police officers injured and followed a fiery speech by Trump to thousands of his supporters near the White House.
Trump was impeached for a historic second time by the House after the Capitol riot — he was charged with inciting an insurrection — but was acquitted by the Senate.
The January 6 committee is trying to determine if Trump or members of his inner circle had a role in planning or encouraging the violent attack, and has subpoenaed advisors and aides to the former president
Your guide to the January 6 hearings
After nearly a year, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol finally presented its findings to the public in a highly-anticipated public hearing on Thursday night.
The Democrat-led panel spent 11 months searching for what caused last year’s insurrection, when Donald Trump‘s supporters attempted to stop Congress from certifying the ballots for Joe Biden‘s electoral victory.
Armed with hundreds of witness testimonies, thousands of hours’ worth of footage, and more than 100,000 pages of evidence, lawmakers believe they can contextualize the Capitol riot into a wider scheme by Trump and his allies to undermine American democracy and the 2020 election.
‘I think it’s really important for the American people to understand how the attack unfolded, to understand what provoked the attack,’ the committee’s vice chair, Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, said on Dispatch Live Tuesday.
The panel even reportedly recruited former ABC News president James Goldston to shape their combination of footage, live testimony, images and videotaped depositions into a blockbuster presentation of evidence.
When is the hearing?
The first of six sessions started at 8pm on Thursday evening.
The following hearing is scheduled for 10am on Monday, June 13.
It’s not yet clear when the next four will be, but two more are expected next week, according to the New York Times.
The following week will reportedly see the remaining two hearings.
The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has heard from more than 1,000 witnesses
How can I watch?
There are a number of ways to watch the primetime hearing both online and on television.
DailyMail.com will be carrying its own live stream of the event as well as live blog coverage.
Every major broadcast network is interrupting scheduled television to carry the hearing live.
Two of the ‘big three’ cable networks – CNN and MSNBC – will follow suit.
Fox News has announced it would not show the event, meaning viewers there will instead tune in to Tucker Carlson’s regularly scheduled time slot.
Who is testifying?
The committee is hearing from British documentary filmmaker Nick Quested and Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards on Thursday, DailyMail.com has learned.
Quested was embedded with the far-right group and would have video evidence of its members’ confrontations with law enforcement outside of the Capitol as well as other key findings about its activity.
The panel, assembled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is made up of seven Democrat lawmakers and two Republicans
He was also in the room for a meeting between Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Stewart Rhodes, the leader of another far-right group called the Oath Keepers, Politico reported.
On the other side of the conflict that day, Edwards will testify about her experience defending the Capitol against rioters.
She was injured in a dust-up linked to Proud Boys members while defending the complex that day and suffered a concussion.
Beyond those live testimonies, the committee is also expected to show some of the hundreds of hours’ worth of video-taped depositions it has recorded over the last 11 months.
Nick Quested is a filmmaker who had been documenting the Proud Boys on and before January 6
Viewers could see part of the hours-long interviews of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the ex-president’s daughter and son-in-law who were also his senior White House advisers when the riot took place. Sources told the Washington Post late last week that their testimonies will make for ‘gripping television’ if they are eventually shown during the hearings.
The outlet also reported that a central focus of the hearings in general will be the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the insurrection.
Hutchinson last month reportedly told the panel that Trump was supportive of rioters chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence’ – while the former vice president was still within the Capitol complex.
The former aide is likely to testify live in addition to what she told the committee behind closed doors, the Saturday report states.
What will I learn?
The combination of videos and images with live testimony is aimed at showing the American public how close their democracy came to the breaking point.
‘It’s a pretty dramatic story and it has to be told in a dramatic way,’ Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff told NPR.
The panel is also expected to hear from the other side of the conflict with testimony from Capitol cop Caroline Edwards (pictured on CBS Evening News), who is thought to be the first officer injured while defending the complex on January 6
Thursday’s hearing is expected to provide an overview of events on the day of the Capitol riot and contextualize it in Trump’s wider alleged plot to overturn his presidential election loss.
‘I think that we will be in a position to show, sort of, an initial set of findings and to begin to walk through what happened and to make sure that we’re taking steps necessary, legislatively, so that it never happens again,’ Cheney said on Tuesday.
The Wyoming conservative told Dispatch Live that the coming weeks will also feature damning evidence on Trump from his former allies themselves.
‘You will hear from Republicans who worked in his administration. You’ll hear from Republican state officials,’ she said.
‘You’ll hear from people who understood that the election had been lost, for example, who told him that there was not fraud at a level that would have overturned the results.’
And Quested and Edwards’ testimonies are a sign that lawmakers’ first in a series of six hearings will focus heavily on the Proud Boys, who have been accused of playing a central role in instigating the violence that day and coordinating Trump supporters toward the Capitol.