Porter told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that Ocasio-Cortez asked to be let into her office during the Jan. 6 insurrection and immediately began opening doors and searching for a place to hide.
“The thing that will always stay with me was when I was saying ’Well, don’t worry, I’m a mom, I’m calm, I’ve got everything here we need, we could live for like a month in this office,” Porter said. “And [Ocasio-Cortez] said ‘I just hope I get to be a mom. I hope I don’t die today.’”
Porter also recalled that Ocasio-Cortez was wearing heels that day while she was wearing flats.
“I remember her saying to me, ‘I knew I shouldn’t have worn heels. How am I going to run?’” Porter said. ”And we went and we found her a pair of sneakers to wear from one of my staffers. So that she could run if she needed to literally run for her life.”