#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett Trends on Twitter Amid Claims She Wasn’t in Capitol Building

#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett

After detailing her fears amid the storming of the Capitol Hill building, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is receiving backlash from critics who say that she wasn’t actually in the building when it was stormed.

Yesterday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, commonly referred to as AOC, released an emotional video discussing the fear she felt while the Capitol building was stormed by Trump supporters.

AOC had previously spoken out shortly after the riots occurred, saying at the time that she “did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense.”

However, critics have since rebutted her claims, stating that she wasn’t actually in the Capitol building on January 6th, but rather she was in her office in the nearby Cannon Building, which is separate from the building that was stormed.

Following this news, the hashtag #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett is trending on Twitter, likening the congresswoman’s claims to the Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime in 2019.

Smollett alleged that two individuals in ski masks approached the actor at night and poured a liquid on him in addition to putting a noose around his neck, shouting “This is MAGA Country.”

However, following the investigation of these claims, Smollett was charged by a grand jury with a class 4 felony for filing a false police report.

Now, many are taking to Twitter to similarly highlight potential flaws in AOC’s story, to which she has responded:

“It is also very damning and revealing that the GOP is now digging both heels in a discrediting campaign. It’s because they know they are implicated, so they’re pivoting to (again) the classic abuse playbook of “it’s not as bad as they say.” 

‘It was that bad. It’s actually worse.’

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