Douglas Andrews / February 4, 2021

AOC Doubles Down on Ditzy

Sandy Cortez’s hysterical account of the January 6 riot is just another embarrassing effort to attract attention.

If Sandy Cortez wants to be taken seriously as a member of Congress, she certainly hasn’t tipped her hand. Her recent behavior, in fact, gives us the sense that she’d rather not be taken seriously.

Last week, we noted the attention-starved AOC’s flair for the dramatic, when, in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s effort to find common ground with her on Wall Street’s short-selling fiasco, she hysterically accused him of attempted murder and demanded that he resign, ostensibly for having had the nerve to question the results of the November 3 election and thereby inciting the riot. (Whoa. Didn’t former President Donald Trump incite the riot?)

This week, Cortez is doubling down on ditzy, having come under fire for her Mittyesque claims of a near-death experience on January 6. As it turns out, she wasn’t even in the Capitol building during last month’s riot. Instead, she was safely tucked away in the Cannon House office building, which, according to Google maps, is four-tenths of a mile and a seven-minute walk from the Capitol.

So much for “almost” being “murdered.”

As Fox News’s Sam Dorman reports, “The controversy erupted after the New York congresswoman posted a video in which she described a confrontation with Capitol Police at her office, which … is located in the Cannon building, which is accessible through underground tunnels connected to the Capitol as well as via a short stroll down a walkway and across the street. … In response to the incident, the congresswoman said: ‘I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive.’”

Here’s the video Dorman mentions, which AOC broadcast Tuesday via Instagram Live. It’s a garment-rending, forehead-punching 90 minutes in length, but the only span worth watching is the 12 seconds from the 50:37 mark to the 50:49 mark, in which she says, “Maybe I’m reading into this, right? Like, maybe I’m projecting … um, maybe I’m projecting, like, something onto him, that, that, like, maybe I’m just seeing anger but maybe he’s not trying to be angry.”

The rest of the video — at least what we’ve seen — is pure Chinese water torture. Avoid it at all costs. (You’re welcome.)

Not surprisingly, there’s at least one other side to AOC’s story — the factual side — and we got part of that from a congressional colleague of hers. As The Daily Wire reports, “Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), whose office is two doors down from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, noted that ‘insurrectionists’ never made it to their hall when the U.S. Capitol building was breached on Jan. 6. Mace made the note while hitting the media for their attempts to ‘fan fictitious news flames’ about the breach.”

“Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it,” Mace rightly noted. “Is there nothing MSM won’t politicize?”

More on point, though: Is there nothing Alexandria Ocasio-Smollett won’t publicize?

“And the weird thing about moments like these,” she told her Instagraminions, “is that you lose all sense of time. In retrospect, maybe it was 4 seconds. Maybe it was 5 seconds, maybe it was 10 seconds. Maybe it was one second, I don’t know. It felt like my brain was able to have so many thoughts. In between the screams and the yells, I mean, I thought I was going to die.”

Whatever, Sandy … like, whatever.

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