Last night, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent an hour and a half live on Instagram detailing what she believed happened during the January 6th Capitol uprising. It’s a powerful and emotional description of events that should go beyond politics to expose the human toll of the violence of that day, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Before moving on to the harrowing story of the insurrection – and you really should see it for yourself – AOC reaches out to critics who suggest that it should just “move on”:
“We cannot go on without accountability. We cannot heal without accountability. And all these people who want to tell us to move on, do so at their own convenience. “
In a personal moment, Ocasio-Cortez reveals she is a survivor of sexual violence, drawing analogies with the trauma the riot attended. AOC specifically calls on two Texas lawyers who have become legislators – Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Chip Roy – for sweeping the riot under the carpet and even asking her to apologize. Ocasio-Cortez compares this behavior to that of abusers trying to get over violence quickly so they can do it again:
“This is the tactic used by abusers. Or rather, these are the tactics that perpetrators use, ”said Ocasio-Cortez. “What do they ask when they say, ‘Can we just go ahead? ‘… Is:’ Can you just forget this happened so I can do it again without recourse? … Can you just forget this so we can do it again? ‘”
AOC also cites the actions of two other lawyer-politicians for their actions to uphold the great lie of electoral fraud and incite violence in the Capitol, Senator Josh Hawley and Representative Mo Brooks. She said she believes all of these people should step down because of their actions, noting that in the weeks since the Capitol violence they have had an opportunity to apologize for their actions, but instead they have doubled:
“What is telling me is that if they are given another window of political opportunity for themselves, they will do it again, even if they know that it means that it will endanger their colleagues.”
“Accountability is not about revenge. It’s not about going back to people. It is not about. It’s about creating security. And we are not safe with people in positions of power who are willing to endanger the lives of others if they think it will earn them a political point. “
It could just be a coincidence that those identified as unique by the AOC who did harm before and after the Capitol Rebellion are all lawyers. (Lauren Boebert is not named, nor a lawyer, or even a high school graduate, although she does a lot of damage.) But it still seems like something is deeply wrong with our legal education system when it can produce so many people willing to Overlook facts and dates for political expediency.
Kathryn Rubino is Senior Editor at Above the Law and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best so please connect with her. Feel free to email her tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@ Kathryn1).