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Ocasio-Cortez invites the woman who cornered GOP Sen. Flake as her guest to State of the Union


Ana Maria Archila was caught on camera yelling at former Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator during the week of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee

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The woman who yelled at former Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator about his support for then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh plans to be in attendance for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

Ana Maria Archila was invited to attend Tuesday night's event as a guest of freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

What's the backstory?

Archila made headlines after TV cameras caught her angry confrontation with Flake in a Senate elevator in September.
The encounter took place during Kavanaugh's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1980s and testified against Kavanaugh before the Judiciary Committee.

"You're telling me what happened to me doesn't matter," Archila told Flake. "Don't look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land."

Following the encounter, Flake pushed for a delay in the confirmation process to allow for an FBI investigation. Kavanaugh denied all allegations against him.

The committee concluded the accusations were unsubstantiated after an FBI investigation. Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate 50-48.

What are the details?

Ocasio-Cortez made the announcement about her guest on Twitter.

"Ana Maria is the NY14-er who famously jumped into the elevator with Sen. Flake to elevate the stories of survivors everywhere. She's living proof that the courage within all of us can change the [world]," Ocasio-Cortex tweeted Tuesday.

Archila, who is the co-executive director of the New York nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy, said she will be dressed in white and seated in the gallery overlooking the chamber.

She said that she's "honored" to be attending the speech as Ocasio-Cortez's guest. Along with her white outfit, Archila will be sporting a pin given to her by Ocasio-Cortez that states, "Well behaved women rarely make history."

"I got us matching pins," Ocasio-Cortez told her in a video posted along with the tweet. "We can wear them on Tuesday."

What else?

Justice Kavanaugh is also expected to attend the speech, along with other Supreme Court members, according to NBC News.

Trump's State of the Union address will be in front of a joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives at 9 p.m. EST. on Tuesday

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