New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has some concerns about Capitol security. Too bad her colleagues on a committee to investigate Capitol security have no interest in probing Capitol security.
On Wednesday, the congresswoman was verbally sexually harassed by commentator Alex Stein who stood outside the Capitol building and hurled provocative comments at the 32-year-old lawmaker. Stein filmed himself as if being a dirtbag would be something to brag about.
“Here’s AOC, my favorite big booty Latina,” said Stein. “I love you AOC, you’re my favorite. She wants to kill babies but she’s still beautiful, you look very beautiful in that dress. You look very sexy.”
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t amused.
“I was actually walking over to deck him because if no one will protect us then I’ll do it myself,” she wrote to her more than 13 million followers on Twitter where she published the video.
In a follow-up interview with Punchbowl News on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez shared more words on Capitol security, complaining her office had to call Capitol Police “five times in order to get them to ask for this person’s information.” The incident, she said, only contributes to her feeling unsafe.
“Ocasio-Cortez also complained that – in her view – some of the security lapses present during the Jan. 6 insurrection still haven’t been fixed,” Punchbowl reported, quoting the representative as saying “Every day we see these huge gaping holes. … They and many of these people were sassing our office back, asking us why we want this information. This is not about us attacking this information. This is about mitigating threats.”
If only there were a Select Committee established in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot to investigate the security lapses that literally opened the door to the turmoil. Ocasio-Cortez has some thoughts about that too:
On Tuesday, Democrats on the Jan. 6 Committee wrapped up their seventh hearing in a series of summer show trials to smear political opponents as virulent extremists ahead of the November midterms. Ostensibly established to probe the “facts and circumstances” around Jan. 6, the committee has spent more than 12 months ignoring the fatal failures of Capitol Police and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The committee has good reason to, considering it was Pelosi who reportedly refused deployment of the National Guard six times.
On Tuesday, the committee finally pivoted from its public smear campaign to dedicate a portion of its hearing to the violence at the Capitol. The hearing, however, after re-establishing for the 100th time that members of the Trump White House disagreed with the president’s election challenges, featured testimony from an anonymous Twitter employee and former D.C. intelligence chief. If the panel were serious about digging into the security failures, however, a substantive proceeding would have brought forward officials with the Capitol Police Intelligence Unit, or even Pelosi herself.
On the day of the riot, Capitol Police already operating at half-staff were left ill-equipped and ill-trained to deal with demonstrations that everyone in Washington, including the Capitol parking attendants, knew were to descend on the complex.
Maybe Ocasio-Cortez should make her case to her Democrat colleagues to conduct a serious probe as opposed to complaining on Twitter.