Firebrand progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shook the world of politics when she unseated longtime incumbent, former Congressman Joe Crowley—his first challenger in nearly 15 years.
Ocasio-Cortez—known colloquially as "AOC"—hasn't taken that support for granted. After becoming an overnight star of the progressive movement, AOC was heralded as a force to be reckoned with for her expert questioning on House committee hearings.
During the pandemic, she used her massive following to establish a free tutoring network for children in her district who were learning from home. She partnered with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to provide funeral expense reimbursements to families of victims who succumbed the virus.
But due to her unabashed support for issues like climate policy overhaul, the dissolution of ICE, and medicare for all, she's quickly become a favorite target of the Republican party, which has quickly painted her as the poster-child of the socialist takeover it peddles to its voters.
Despite millions in funds to her Republican opponent in the 2020 midterms, Ocasio-Cortez won New York's heavily blue 14th District with nearly 75 percent of the vote.
But that hasn't stopped far-right activist Tina Forte from throwing her hat in the race to unseat AOC in the 2022 midterms. Known for filming crass iPhone videos ranting about Democrats, Forte has become quite the c-list celebrity among right-wing circles.
Now, a report from Jordan Liles of Snopes has exposed Forte as a participant in the Capitol Riots of January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump extremists who'd fallen for his election lies mounted a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol.
On the morning of January 6, Forte posted a picture of herself with the caption "1776," suggesting that the effort to undo the peaceful transfer of power by terrorizing a joint session of Congress was comparable to the American Revolution.
Forte later livestreamed the event.
Tina Forte's Livestream at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021youtu.be
She told her followers:
"Get your asses to the Capitol."
Further video showed Forte, who claimed to be wearing a bulletproof vest, standing on restricted ground as the Capitol was attacked.
People sadly weren't surprised, and some even thought the development would boost her popularity within the GOP.
Some said she should face legal repercussions.
The FBI has arrested over 500 people in connection to the riots.