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‘No Insurrectionists Stormed Our Hallway’: Rep. Mace Slams Media Over Coverage Of Ocasio-Cortez’s Capitol Riot Story

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace slammed the media over their coverage of Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for implying insurrectionists stormed the hallway where both of their offices are.

In a Wednesday tweet, Mace called out Newsweek and others in the media who have said that rioters were banging on Ocasio-Cortez’s door, saying that the New York Congresswoman did not know who was knocking on her door and asking why the media rushed to judgment, as it was reportedly a police officer who was the one knocking on her door.

Republican congressional candidate Nancy Mace speaks to the crowd at an event with Sen. Lindsey Graham at the Charleston County Victory Office during Grahams campaign bus tour on October 31, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Mace sent out a tweet Thursday morning saying: “I’m two doors down from (Ocasio-Cortez) and no insurrectionists stormed our hallway.” (RELATED: Hear A Congresswoman Describe The Capitol Riot From Inside The Evacuation)

Ocasio-Cortez then responded to Mace, saying in a tweet: “As the Capitol complex was stormed and people were being killed, none of us knew in the moment what areas were compromised. You previously told reporters yourself that you barricaded in your office, afraid you’d be hurt.”

Mace fired back, saying: “*FACT CHECK* I have not once discounted your fear. We were ALL terrified that day. I’m stating the fact that insurrectionists were never in our hallway… because they weren’t. I deal in facts. Unlike you, apparently.”

Ocasio-Cortez has continued to say she was fearing for her life during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. On Monday night, she posted an Instagram Live video saying she hid in her office bathroom after hearing loud banging and shouting. She then mentioned that it was not rioters banging at her door but a Capitol Police officer who entered her office.

“Alexandria Ocasio Smollett” and “AOC Lied” trended on Twitter throughout the day Thursday as she faced backlash over her story of her experiences during the Capitol Riot.