Did a Lightbulb Turn On? AOC Questions Security Motives on January 6

Miguel Daez | July 15, 2022
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In a Twitter video posted by Latino Rebels correspondent Pablo Manriquez, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) deplored the conduct of police officers who allegedly opened the doors of the Capitol and led January 6 rioters into the building. 

In an informal exchange on the Capitol steps Ocasio-Cortez laid into Capitol Police, arguing that they have done little to make representatives feel safe.

“And that there were actual officers working with [January 6th rioters] and we never got to the bottom of that, and we never got any answers about that,” Ocasio-Cortez said, clapping her hands for emphasis. “And then to this day, we’re just supposed to pretend that never happened?”

“But what about [violent activist group] Antifa?” a witness asked. 

Ocasio-Cortez ignored the suggestion of Antifa’s involvement and continued:

I have no idea what happened to the people on the inside who were very clearly sympathetic with what was going on, and opening the doors wide open for that. And I’m supposed to sit here and pretend like none of that ever happened? And then right afterwards, you have a massive, you know, you just have this idea that throwing money at that problem is going to make it go away without any accountability. And so this is where these things are breaking down.

“We’re not safe,” the congresswoman continued, saying she was concerned with the safety of people inside the U.S. Capitol. “And it’s not just about members of Congress not being safe. The food staff workers aren’t safe, the janitors aren’t safe. Like, we need to get to the bottom of this.” 

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This is an issue many Republicans have tried to point out for months, but the media and Democrats have not listened to them. 

“Nancy Pelosi is not interested in investigation, she’s only interested in a narrative,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) in a July 2021 interview with Fox News.

Banks and another Republican congressman, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), were nominated by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to serve on the January 6 committee. They were reportedly ready to investigate the legitimate concern of whether the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) opened the doors to protestors, but Pelosi ultimately rejected their nominations.

“We were prepared to ask questions that no one else has asked and answers as to why the Capitol was vulnerable to an attack on January 6,” Banks said. “Why was there a systemic breakdown of security at the Capitol on January 6? If we’re going to investigate January 6, why not ask those questions?”

In a fantastic turn of events, Ocasio-Cortez is unknowingly advocating for the right, even though her assessment is slightly off in terms of where she places the intentions of the officers letting people into the building. Her concern over the actions of Capitol Police is legitimate, and may warrant further investigation by Congress. Sadly, with the biased January 6 Committee making the hearings a ground for public shaming rather than investigation, this concern is likely to go unaddressed. 


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