Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Thursday night that the U.S. stands “on the precipice… of fascism” and that an attack on the Capitol like the one that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021 could happen again.
Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) comments in an Instagram Live video followed the first prime-time hearing held by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
The first installment of the public hearing, she said, revealed “new information, shocking information” including that “Republican members of Congress were seeking pardons before the insurrection knowing what they were about to do.”
“There is such a concerted ring-wing operation to try to convince everybody that [the Jan. 6 riot and attack] didn’t happen, that it wasn’t a big deal,” Ocasio-Cortez said. But, she stressed, “This was an attempted coup of the United States of America.”
“When former President [Donald] Trump’s own people told him ‘No,’ he was going to fire every single person down the chain until he found even a coffee fetcher,” she said, “to overturn democracy.” All this, said the congresswoman, “so that he could retain power.”
“Those attacks killed people, traumatized people,” the congresswoman said. And although Trump “promised his own people that he would pardon them… now they’re going to prison,” she said, adding that the former president “only cares about himself.”
Ocasio-Cortez also singled out Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who on the day of the attack was tweeting the Speaker of the House’s location knowing that the Trump-backed mob was looking for the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “in that moment.”
The focus right now, said Ocasio-Cortez, should be “on the bigger picture, which is that legally, structurally, institutionally very little has changed. Virtually nothing has changed” the behavior that led to the Capitol attack.
Directing criticism at Republicans, she said that “not only did they vote to protect it, they encouraged it… So, we are on the precipice, legally, of fascism.” She added that “no law was ever passed to prevent this from happening again.”
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