Last evening, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram for a riveting hour and a half live session that detailed precisely what occurred in the course of the January sixth Capitol riot, from her perspective. It’s a robust and emotional description of occasions that *ought to* transcend politics to disclose the human toll of that day’s violence, however, well, I’m not going to carry my breath.
Before she will get to the harrowing story of the riot — and actually, it is best to watch it your self — AOC addresses the critics who counsel she ought to simply “move on”:
“We cannot move on without accountability. We cannot heal without accountability. And so all of these people who want to tell us to move on are doing so at their own convenience.”
In a private second, Ocasio-Cortez reveals she’s a survivor of sexual violence and attracts analogies to the trauma visited by the riot. AOC particularly calls out a pair of Texas legal professionals turned lawmakers — Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Chip Roy — for wanting to brush the riot under the rug and even demanding she apologize. Ocasio-Cortez likens this habits to that of abusers, who search to maneuver previous any violence shortly to allow them to do it once more:
“These are the tactics of abusers. Or rather, these are the tactics that abusers use,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned. “What they’re asking for when they say, ‘Can we just move on?’ … is, ‘Can you just can we just forget this happened so that I can do it again, without recourse?… Can you just forget about this so that we can, you know, do it again?’”
AOC additionally mentions the actions of two different lawyer-politicians for his or her actions in perpetuating the large lie of election fraud and fomenting the violence on the Capitol, Senator Josh Hawley and Representative Mo Brooks. She mentioned she believes all these people ought to resign on account of their actions, and notes that within the weeks because the Capitol violence they’ve had the chance to apologize for his or her actions, however as an alternative they’ve doubled down:
“What that tells me is that when given another window of political opportunity for themselves, even if they know that it means that it will endanger their colleagues, they will do it again.”
“Accountability is not about revenge. It’s not about getting back at people. It’s not about any of that. It’s about creating safety. And we are not safe with people who hold positions of power, who are willing to endanger the lives of others if they think it will score them a political point.”
It may be a mere coincidence that these named-checked by AOC as inflicting distinctive hurt main as much as after which after the Capitol riot are all legal professionals. (Lauren Boebert shouldn’t be named, nor a lawyer or perhaps a highschool graduate, whereas inflicting loads of harm.) But it nonetheless looks as if there’s something deeply incorrect with our authorized schooling system if it could possibly create so many inclined to miss details and information for political expediency.
Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the perfect, so please join together with her. Feel free to electronic mail her with any ideas, questions, or feedback and keep track of her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).