(PresidentialHill.com)- Progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was warned to be careful leading up to the January 6, as conservatives attending the “Stop the Steal” rally might target her and other “highly recognizable progressive women.”
According to the upcoming book “This Will Not Pass,” written by reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns of the New York Times, Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia — a former intelligence officer — called AOC before January 6.
Spanberger was concerned that some people who were planning to attend the rally for then-President Donald Trump that day could target some of her fellow Democrats. She was particularly concerned for the safety of who she called “highly recognizable progressive women,” such as AOC, who she said had been “demonized by the right.”
As such, Spanberger called AOC to warn her to be careful on January 6. As Martin and Burns wrote in their book, this was quite the gesture, seeing as the two represent “the enormous gulf within the Democratic Party.” AOC is one of the most notable progressives while Spanberger is a centrist.
The book reported that Spanberger told AOC:
“You are a very recognizable target. Drive to work, and make sure that you dress in a way where you are less recognizable as you could possibly be.
“Wear sneakers, dress down — don’t look like you.”
At one point, AOC spoke with CNN and said she had fears that some of the protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building would rape and kill her on January 6. She spoke with Dana Bash of CNN, telling her:
“White supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in a lot of ways. There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence, and I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.”
Spanberger, who used to work with the CIA, wrote an essay for The 19th, in which she recounted how her own day on January 6 began. She wrote:
“I had anticipated that it might be a day of heightened engagement, so I had dressed accordingly, in slacks. Old CIA mentality. If needed, I could be indiscernible by just taking off my blazer.”
In the essay, she wrote that she sent text message jokes to her husband about her hair being pulled into a ponytail, “which, to me, means I’m ready to fight.”
One of Spanberger’s spokespeople told Business Insider that, with the representative’s background with the CIA, she “brings a unique perspective to Congress.” The statement continued:
“In the days before January 6, 2021, Representative Spanberger was concerned about the potential for violence around the Capitol. She had conversations with multiple colleagues about staying safe, in the event of the conspiracy theory-fueled ‘Stop the Steal’ rally becoming dangerous.”
She even suggested that most of the staff in her office “dress down” for the day, much in the same vein that she herself had done — and had urged AOC to do.