Just to reiterate for members of the press: AOC seems to have had a truly frightening experience on January 6th, but members of the mob did not break into her office. The man she hid from was a Capitol Police officer who told her to go to a different office building.
She raised valid concerns about the officer, saying he didn't announce himself and she perceived him as hostile. I want to emphasize again that I'm not discounting the fear she must have felt in those moments. But accuracy about how we describe it is important.
I posted this detail bc a lot of my colleagues in the press were sharing part of her story but not this info she also shared. Its not a partisan attack. It’s important to establish the facts if we’re going to have a discussion about the officer’s behavior

A lot of viewers of this segment are going to come away from it believing a random member of the mob broke into Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s office while she was in there, even though she said during her IG live that the man was a Capitol Police officer.
The Today Show appears to have deleted its tweet with the video of their segment about this.

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(deleted my tweets about AOC's story about January 6th because she's still telling it and my initial tweets didn't include very key details she's sharing now)
This is what I tweeted about—took it down because she said after describing this that the man was a Capitol Police officer. She said he didn't announce himself first and that she feared for her life. He told her to go to a different office building.
I am not discounting the terror she must have felt, and she raises valid concerns about how the officer acted. But a lot of coverage is going to get this wrong bc of her initial portrayal of what she thought was happening. Members of the mob didn't actually break into her office.
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