Ocasio-Cortez staff received risk assessment training from police due to death threats: report

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE's (D-N.Y.) staff has reportedly been trained on performing risk assessments due to the amount of death threats the congresswoman has received. 

Aides to Ocasio-Cortez told Time magazine that U.S. Capitol Police trained them how to vet visitors after multiple people threatened to kill the first-term lawmaker. 

Staffers say they are now tense whenever they hear a knock on the door of her Capitol Hill office, according to Time. 


Ocasio-Cortez's office declined to comment on the report, and Capitol Police did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. 

The anecdote was part of an expansive profile of the 29-year-old congresswoman, who has become a rising progressive star in the Democratic Party. Time describes her as someone who "represents one vision of the Democratic Party’s future."

Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in last November's midterm elections. Since being sworn into the lower chamber, she has become a vocal proponent of progressive polices and a consistent critic of the GOP. 

She joined Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) last month in introducing the Green New Deal, an initiative that calls for sweeping infrastructure investments to combat climate change.

The proposal has been hailed by progressives as a proactive effort to combat the threat that climate change poses. Conservatives have widely panned the idea, pointing to its costs.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has gained a massive following on social media, earlier this month said that her influence likely infuriated her GOP critics. 

"The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy,” she told The New Yorker, adding that she believes she sparks outrage from President Trump because she is a Latina.

Updated at 10:29 a.m.