New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that she’s undergoing mental therapy after experiencing the “trauma” of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
The congresswoman also accused former President Donald Trump’s administration’s behavior toward Latinos as a second reason which drove her to counseling.
Talking to Maria Hinojosa of NPR on the podcast Latino USA, Ocasio-Cortez said “Oh yeah. I’m doing therapy” then claiming that Trump put Latino people en masse “in a very reactive mode.”
Fellow ‘squad’ member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) convinced Ocasio-Cortez that what she experienced at the beginning of the year was “trauma.”
AOC explains that after the riots she approached Pressley in her office and was offered the advice “you need to recognize trauma.”
AOC claims that if she does therapy for a couple months, she thinks that she can avoid having “this thing. . . lingering with me. . . for years.”
In mid-January, AOC hosted a Congressional event where representatives recalled their experience of the riot. AOC’s own account was that she felt as though she almost died.
“I had a very close encounter” AOC claimed at the time, saying that she thought she would die before the day’s end.
Lawmakers, mindful of the siege, passed a $1.9 trillion bill which bolsters security at the Capitol and investigates rioters.
As of the current moment, over 400 suspected violent participants have been arrested and charged following the unrest and aftermath of the Capitol riot.
Author: Thomas Wheeler