Porter Describes Hiding with Ocasio-Cortez during Capitol Riot: ‘She Said, ‘I Just Hope I Get to be a Mom’

Source: Fox News

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) opened up about how her and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were sheltering during the riot at the Capitol Hill last month, revealing that Ocasio-Cortez told her that “I hope I get to be a mom” and “I hope I don’t die today,” according to The Hill.

As buildings on Capitol Hill were evacuated leading up to pro-Trump demonstrators breaching the Capitol itself, Porter said that she saw Ocasio-Cortez and she asked her if she and a staffer could come into her office.

“Alex is really usually like unfailingly polite and very personable, and she wasn’t even really talking to me. She was opening up doors and I was like ‘Can I help you? Like what are you looking for?’ And she said, ‘I’m looking for where I’m going to hide’,” said Porter for MSNBC on Monday.

“Well don’t worry, I’m a mom.. [and] I’ve got everything here we need to live for like, a month in this office,” said Porter to Ocasio-Cortez, as she was trying to comfort her.

Porter mentioned that she and Ocasio-Cortez were talking about their shoe choice while they were sheltering from the violent rioters in the office.

“I remember her saying to me, ‘I know I shouldn’t wear heels, how am I going to run?’ And we went and we found her a pair of sneakers to wear from one of my staffers so that she could run if she needed to literally run for her life,” said Porter.

The New York lawmaker shared Porter’s comments on Twitter, thanking her for “holding it down that day” and calling her “a wonderful friend.”

Porter said that no law enforcement or other officials came to check that they are safe, as they were waiting in the office for six hours during the riot.

“Capitol Police never accounted for every member’s safety, and so we heard voices in the hallway. We didn’t know what they were, whether those were police officers [or] whether those were intruders, and so we just stayed dark,” said Porter, and also added that they were sitting in the office quietly “in hope that they [would] just run on by.”

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