Wow. If you're not watching this @aoc IG live talking about her experience last Wednesday, turn it on immediately. She speaks with grace, clarity, and passion about the events. She is truly incredible.
She says it was extremely traumatizing and it is not an exaggeration to say many members of the house were nearly assassinated. She cannot even talk about the attack because she had a close encounter where she thought she was going to lose her life. She narrowly escaped death.
Over 100,000 people watching this. She is describing the secure extraction point and saying republican members refused to wear masks in that secure room. @aoc says she did not even feel safe going to the extraction point. She believed they'd have disclosed her location.
They don't give a damn about the law, they don't give a damn about order they care about white supremacy. This was never about blue lives. They have the whole deck stacked in their favor and they still can't win. @aoc speaking TRUTH tonight.
"It's not just Trump that has to go. When they broke into our nation's Capitol, they flew the Confederate flag for the first time ever in our Capitol. Not even during the CIVIL WAR was it inside our Capitol." -@aoc is just...everything right now.
@aoc talking about Cruz and Hawley saying they should resign. "take off your pin and turn it in. TURN. IT. IN."
TRUMP needs to leave. Cruz needs to leave. Hawley needs to GET OUT. Go. McCarthy voted to overturn the election. He is the Republican leader. He only cared about himself and supremacy and power and dominance OVER democracy. He needs to go. Scalise needs to go. @AOC
Along with anyone who sided with these Confederate traitors. They were never part of our democracy. They need to go. I'm so moved by @aoc tonight. Wow.
There must be consequences. Not to get back at people, but because it's the only way that they will stop.

My family in Texas, if they don't expel him and he doesn't resign, we'll take Ted Cruz out the old fashioned way. Support a challenger to him in an election. @aoc
"Hawley should be ASHAMED. But he's not. He's not ashamed. He fist-pumped insurrectionists who killed 4 people, maybe five." -@AOC
"Southern states are NOT red states. They're suppression states." @AOC
"Maybe we should just vote on things on whether we think it's right or not and pretending that this shit is complicated because it's not. You're either with the people or you are with that mob. It's pretty clear cut." You are INCREDIBLE, @aoc. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
There are multiple ways Trump can vacate office. He could resign. He likely won't because he's a narcissist. But he could. @aoc
She said she was saving this IG live so if you missed it, you NEED TO WATCH. My tweets don't do it justice. She's incredible. @aoc
Here’s a clip I screen-recorded. Should’ve put it in the thread.

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Today's International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Lately we've seen public discourse about sex work, so let's discuss.

As a public defender for my entire career, I have always and will continue to advocate for the full decriminalization of consensual sex work. 1/9
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especially for trans women of color, who are often profiled and harassed whether or not they are actually sex workers.
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Tonight, America saw Elizabeth Warren make the case for Joe Biden the way only she can: with passion, with power, and (as always) with a plan. 1/
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I hope even Manhattan DA Cy Vance will agree that "megaphoning while Black" should not be considered a violent felony.…
Update: this case was written up by the Manhattan DA’s office as a violent felony. Assault in the 2nd degree carries a penalty of up to 7 years in state prison.
It’s my understanding that the case was reduced to a misdemeanor assault in the third degree, which carries a maximum sentence of one year jail. Though this is a reduction on the top charge, the stakes are still high and the prosecution demonstrates some important points.
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