Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been described as 'deceptive in the extreme' for claiming that 'almost ten' people died in the January 6 riot.
Seven people are known to have perished during the insurrection and in its immediate aftermath.
Four were Trump supporters. One was shot by police as she tried to smash into Congress; another was trampled to death in the crowd; and two suffered medical emergencies.
Three more were police officers, with one dying after an altercation with protesters, and two more taking their own lives in the days and weeks after the riot.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Congresswoman representing New York, tweeted on Sunday that there were 'almost ten' people killed in the January 6 riot. Seven deaths are associated with the insurrection: four Trump supporters and one police officer dying on the day, and two more officers taking their own lives in the immediate aftermath
Rioters are pictured on January 6 storming the Capitol after a 'Stop the Steal' rally held by Trump supporters
Thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol on January 6 to protest the results of the election
Glenn Greenwald, a freelance journalist, tweeted in response to Ocasio-Cortez's Sunday statement: 'Claiming that there is "almost 10 dead" from the 1/6 riot is deceitful in the extreme.
'Four people died on 1/6: all Trump supporters.
'It's possible to connect a couple of the later police suicides to 1/6 if one stretches enough but this need to exaggerate 1/6 speaks for itself.'
He added: 'The lesson of 9/11 is - or should have been - that allowing politicians to deceitfully exaggerate domestic threats or exploit the propagandistic term "terrorism" to justify civil liberties assaults is dangerous in the extreme.
'Clearly many have forgotten this lesson.'
The four Trump supporters included Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran from Southern California, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer as she clambered through a broken window leading to the Speaker’s Lobby inside the Capitol.
Ashli Babbitt (left)