AOC says “telling our stories” of Capitol Riot “is a really important part to healing and getting through it”

During a recent appearance on CBS, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) fired back at critics who accused her of exaggerating her personal experience during the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot.

“I think one of the things that we’ve learned, especially in counseling services offered to House members, is that telling our stories and retelling it especially right after the events transpired is a really important part to healing and getting through it,” AOC said.

“And so once we tell that story” she continued “and this applies to survivors of trauma all over the country…telling that story as many times as possible and giving that account, allowing yourself to move through that emotion, allowing yourself to revisit that fear and process it and then move past it is important.”

“But yeah, there are lots of emotions. There’s fear; there’s anger at folks who attacked our nation’s Capitol. There’s frustration that this could have happened. But then there’s also determination for us to never allow this to happen again,” she added.