Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) stated during an interview on CNN on Thursday that she did not attend Biden’s inauguration because she does not feel safe around Republicans.
After being pressed by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo why she was not in attendance, she stated that she felt unsafe by some of her colleagues.
“Yeah, you know, I think we also had very real security concerns as well, as you mentioned earlier,” said AOC. “We still don’t yet feel safe around other Members of Congress..”
AOC also stated that several members of Congress share similar feelings about their colleagues.
“You really think that colleagues of yours in Congress may do you dirty,” questioned Cuomo.
“Yes, well, one just tried to bring a gun on the floor of the House today,” responded AOC. “I believe it was Representative Andy Harris of Maryland. He tried to bring in a gun on to the House floor. For individuals who don’t know, guns are not allowed in the District of Columbia.”
“And certainly the House floor is, there are separate House rules that prohibit the bringing in of firearms. Now, these are rules that date back to the Civil War. And these are individuals that are trying to sneak firearms either illegally or in direct violation of House rules. Why does a member of Congress need to sneak a gun on to the House floor,” said AOC.
AOC also clarified some of her comments on her Twitter after the interview. “GOP lawmakers campaigned with images of them cocking guns next to photos of myself,” tweeted AOC. “Now they are trying to violate DC law and House rules to sneak guns onto the House floor two weeks after a white supremacist insurrection that killed 5 people.”
AOC stated that she does not care what intentions Harris had when he tried to carry a firearm in Congress, because she believes “the impact is to put 435 Members of Congress in danger.”
“He tried to hand off his gun to another Member, who didn’t have a license, and any responsible gun-owner knows that you don’t just hand off your gun to another individual. You have to clear it, etcetera,” claimed AOC. “And that just goes to show, it doesn’t matter what your intention is, if you are irresponsible, if you are trying to break rules, you’re trying to sneak a firearm, on to the floor of the House, I don’t care if you accidentally set it off, I don’t care if you intentionally set it off, I don’t care if you don’t set it off at all, you are put – you are endangering the lives of Members of Congress.”