Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has landed herself in hot water over claims she made about the January 6 Capitol riots, as evidence has surfaced that she was not even in the Capitol when the events occurred.
Ocasio-Cortez posted a video a month ago where she described a confrontation with Capitol police officer that made her question if she "was going to make it to the end of that day alive."
After that initial video gained traction on social and traditional media, Ocasio-Cortez released a new one Monday, where she emotionally recounted hiding behind a bathroom door as she listened to the police officer break into her office.
The self-proclaimed democratic socialist used her experience to proclaim solidarity with "so many other communities in this country," who do not know if the presence of police "give(s) you a signal if you're safe or not."
Ocasio-Cortez says that when she heard the officer breaking in, she thought her life would end. "I have never been quieter in my entire life," she said.
"[The situation] didn't feel right because he was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility — and things weren't adding up," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "There was no partner there and no one was yelling, he wasn't yelling like, 'this is Capitol police, this is Capitol police.'"
But the congresswoman's story began to unravel Wednesday when a colleague whose office is just two doors down pushed back on what she called an overblown narrative. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said that no one stormed the hallway that she shares with Ocasio-Cortez.
The new information sparked a wave of criticism directed at the New York Democrat, with the hashtag "#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett" trending on Twitter, comparing Ocasio-Cortez's "near-death experience" with the infamous hate crime hoax orchestrated by frustrated actor Jussie Smollett in 2019.