Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Sunday that "almost 10" people died from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, an inflated estimate that apparently includes those not killed directly during the mayhem.
The New York Democrat said the "terror attack" left 138 injured and "almost 10 dead" despite the fact that only one death was directly caused by the insurrection.
"Any member of Congress who helped plot a terrorist attack on our nation’s capitol must be expelled," she tweeted. "This was a terror attack. 138 injured, almost 10 dead. Those responsible remain a danger to our democracy, our country, and human life in the vicinity of our Capitol and beyond."
The only death directly caused by the Capitol riot was that of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by an officer inside the Capitol. Babbitt, 35, was a former Air Force veteran who visited the Capitol to support former President Donald Trump. Ocasio-Cortez's estimate likely referred to the deaths of Trump supporters Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, both of whom died of heart problems, or "hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease," and their deaths were deemed "natural."
Ocasio-Cortez was also likely including the deaths of Rosanne Boyland, 34, whose "accidental" death was precipitated by "acute amphetamine intoxication," or drug use, and Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose "cause of death" on Jan. 7 was "acute brainstem and cerebellar infarcts due to acute basilar artery thrombosis," or a stroke, and "manner of death" was "natural," according to the chief medical examiner for Washington, D.C.
On Monday, a handful of GOP politicians lashed out at a report accusing them of involvement in planning the details of rallies and electoral certification objection on Jan. 6 ahead of the riot at the Capitol building, either personally or through staff. Democrats have accused their Republican counterparts of culpability, with Ocasio-Cortez alleging that Sen. Ted Cruz "almost had me murdered" by supporting the objection to the certification of President Joe Biden's victory.
The left-wing politician previously said she was "in therapy" due to the "trauma" of the Jan. 6 riot.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis
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