After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "near death" experience story was debunked, she falsely claimed that it was Trump supporters who planted the bombs that surrounded the Republican and Democratic National Committees headquarters the night before the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6.
In fact, the FBI is still searching for suspects in the case.
"This is the latest manipulative take on the right. They are manipulating the fact that most people don't know the layout the Capitol complex," Ocasio-Cortez respond to One America News Network's Jack Posobiec who had called her out for her hyperbolic account.
The Democratic lawmaker at first suggested that she was on the front line, facing the pro-Trump mob in the halls outside her office. However, it was revealed that Ocasio-Cortez wasn't in the Capitol at the time of the attack on Congress. She was in another building. According to her official website, Ocasio-Cortez's congressional office is in the Cannon House Office Building (Cannon HOB), which is accessible to the Capitol via tunnel system.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) pointed out Tuesday that her office is two doors down from Ocasio-Cortez's in the same hallway. The Republican congresswoman also noted that "insurrectionists never stormed" the area at any time. She called out the New York representative for her "egregious" testimony publicized on Instagram and maintained through tweets.
"We were all on the Capitol complex," the young progressive interjected the truth with her narrative, insisting that the attack "wasn't just on the dome." That's when Ocasio-Cortez scrambled to justify her fear, alleging that Trump supporters had planted the bombs that "surrounded our offices too."
"This is a dangerous lie and @TwitterSafety should remove it," BLEXIT founder Candace Owners rebutted. "There were absolutely ZERO bombs planted by 'Trump supporters.' Pipe bombs were planted outside of both Republican and Democratic Headquarters the night before Trump’s speech—and the FBI has no idea who planted them."
The FBI had reported via press release that an "unknown individual" placed two pipe bombs on Jan. 5: one at the Republican National Committee headquarter located at 310 First Street Southeast and the other at the Democratic National Committee headquarter located at 430 South Capitol Street Southeast #3.
According to the wanted poster, the suspect donned a face mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and yellow, black, and gray Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes. The individual also carried a backpack by hand.
Live videos from the security cameras were published by the Washington Post.
To date, the perpetrator has yet to be identified and apprehended by federal authorities—let alone the culprit's political affiliation.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of the person or group responsible for the planted pipe bombs.
In the meantime, Ocasio-Cortez's hysterical riot fiction prompted #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett to trend on Twitter. The hashtag referenced the infamous hate crime hoax perpetrated by Empire actor Jussie Smollett in 2019.
The similarities between Ocasio-Cortez and Smollett were noted by conservative commentators and fact checkers in 244,000 tweets at the time of publication.