U.S. Capitol Police Scramble After Multiple People Threaten To Kill Ocasio-Cortez
U.S. Capitol Police moved to assist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her staff due to the number of death threats the congresswoman has received.
Aides to Ocasio-Cortez told Time magazine that the Police is training them how to vet visitors after multiple people threatened to kill the first-term lawmaker.
Staffers say they are now tense whenever they hear a knock on the door of her Capitol Hill office, according to Time.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office and U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill.
The 29-year-old congresswoman, who has become a rising progressive star in the Democratic Party, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in last November’s midterm elections. Since being sworn into the lower chamber, she has become a vocal proponent of progressive polices and consistent critic of Trump supporters.
Ocasio-Cortez joined Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) last month in introducing the “Green New Deal,” an initiative that calls for sweeping infrastructure investments to combat climate change.
The proposal has been hailed by progressives as a proactive effort to combat the threat that climate change poses. Conservatives have widely panned the idea, pointing to its costs.
Ocasio-Cortez, who has gained a massive following on social media, earlier this month said that her influence likely infuriated her GOP critics.
“The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy,” she told The New Yorker, adding that she believes she sparks outrage from President Trump because she is a Latina.
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