Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) sounded off on “dishonest” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) account of the events that transpired on Jan 6 in the U.S. Capitol, setting the record straight as she said she is “sick and tired” of the progressive lawmaker “politicizing” everything.
“I own facts and not fiction. And when I saw the media reports of how it was being portrayed, I said this is dishonest. There weren’t rioters in our hallways banging down our doors that day,” Mace emphasized. “We were all barricaded in our offices in Cannon Office Building. I’m not going to discount the trauma, the harrowing experiences each of us had who were here that day. It was a very scary experience, and I’ve been very open with people about it. I sent my kids homes that week because I was worried about the violence that might transpire.”
Mace acknowledged that what transpired on Jan. 6 was “a very scary experience” but slammed the progressive firebrand for politicizing the event in the way that she has.
“But, we have to be honest when we are telling these stories because otherwise if we’re dishonest, or we exaggerate claims, then it waters down the truth and authenticity of everyone else that has shared their stories to this date as well. And the American people deserve to know the truth, and the truth is the Cannon Office Building is a seven to 10-minute walk away from the Capitol dome where the violence was happening.”
“To politicize this kind of event, it was a dark day in our nation’s history, but to politicize it in the way she has is disgusting, and no one should tolerate it. I’m certainly not going to.”
Mace told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night that she suffered her own trauma since the tense days after she received a death threat.
“A Republican threatened to shoot me on social media,” Mace said. “I’m a single working mom of two kids. I sent my kids home early because I was worried.”
The controversy erupted between Mace and Ocasio-Cortez when the progressive lawmaker four weeks after the riot shared details of her encounter during a 90-minute long Instagram Live earlier this week that she said made her “feared for her life” from the “very close encounter.” In the exaggerated emotional live stream recollection, Ocasio-Cortez told her viewers that she was barricaded in her office, which is located in the Cannon building for hours, and then began to hear banging on her office door, prompting her to hide in the bathroom. She added that she could hear a man yelling, “Where is she?!”
Ocasio-Cortez said later that the man yelling at her door wound up being a Capitol Police officer and that he didn’t identify himself as such.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Mace, classifying her tweet as “deeply cynical” and “disgusting attack,” noting that when the Capitol complex was being stormed “none of us knew in the moment what areas were compromised.”
She also pointed to Mace’s previous remark to The State, which reported that the South Carolina lawmaker “barricaded himself inside her D.C. office” and stood there overnight on that night out of safety concerns.
“This was what you were saying just a few weeks ago,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Now you’re contradicting your own account to attack me for Fox News clicks. It’s honestly pretty sad to see you turn around like this and throw other people under the bus. Thought you’d be better.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been dubbed “Alexandria Ocasio-Smollett” as details emerged that she exaggerated the extent of her “trauma” she is suffering from in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, given that she was not at the main area of the siege, but in her office that is 10 minutes away from the complex dome.
The Cannon building is one of the buildings as part of the Capitol complex but is not connected within the Capitol building itself. The building is accessible through an underground tunnel that connects to the Capitol or outside that is about a 10-minute walk which is considered a city block and a half or three-tenths of a mile. It was also one of the buildings lawmakers, staffers, and journalists (included myself who was inside the Capitol complex when the events unfolded on Jan 6) were told to stay inside and bunker inside an office after being evacuated from the House chambers once the intruders were apprehended and cleared from inside while the majority of Trump supporters stood outside protesting.