CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon went a little bit off-script and defended Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Instagram Live video she released that details her experience and claims during the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

Ocasio-Cortez suggested she was scared and was hiding in a bathroom at her office, but people began criticizing her claims on social media. It spun wildly out of control with AOC clashing with critics and now CNN's Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo are defending her video and slamming those who criticized her for telling her version of the story about what happened that day.


Fox News reported more on what Lemon and Cuomo said about AOC, her video, and the critics:

"I don’t understand how this is a story. How is she supposed to know who was on the other side of the door? How is she supposed to know how many people were on the other side of the door? This has nothing to do with anything AOC or whatever, but I kept trying to figure out how the people that were actually involved in that siege, and all the chaos, could be criticizing someone else who was involved in it," Lemon said.

"She was explaining how, what she thought was going on in her particular situation."

Lemon called criticism "flat-out partisanship and a distraction to Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has dominated CNN’s coverage as the network seeks a new villain with President Trump out of office.

"They’re going after one of the Democrats because the Democrats are going after one of theirs," Cuomo added, claiming conservatives want to "frame the Democrats" for the tragic Capitol riot.

Read more about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's video in our previous story.