Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) faced a handful of enraged constituents during a Friday night town hall in Queens.
Some New Yorkers in attendance took issue with the congresswoman’s soft stance on illegal immigration, raising the debt ceiling, and her support of seemingly endless U.S. funding for Ukraine. One man wearing a shirt with a Cuban flag on it and holding an American flag in his hand got up and walked toward the stage, shouting “American citizens before migrants!”
“Where are you on the migrant issue? You’re absent!” the man shouted as he was escorted out of the hall by security. Before being forced out of the room as most of the crowd booed him, the man got five more words in: “You’re a piece of s***!”
The second-term socialist Democrat laughed off the incident, but she received more pushback as the night went on.
While discussing the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations between the White House and Republican leadership, Ocasio-Cortez said, “We should eliminate the debt limit in the United States,” a remark met by a mixture of cheers and boos. One man in the audience expressed his frustration with the congresswoman’s comment by pointing out that she supports the U.S. sending billions of dollars to Ukraine.
“$100 billion for Ukraine that you voted for!” he said. The man was met with shouts from someone else in the crowd who told him it wasn’t his turn to speak.
Another person at the town hall held signs that read: “America First: Vetted & Legal Migrants Only” and “Stop Funding Ukraine.” Others displayed signs saying, “AOC Stop Crying” and “AOC An Obvious Criminal.”
Ocasio-Cortez has faced angry people who have questioned her support of funding Ukraine in the past. In October, two people attending her town hall confronted her and accused her of supporting nuclear war.
“Why are you playing with the lives of American citizens?” he pressed. “You’re playing with our lives!”
“You voted to mobilize and send money to Ukrainian Nazis,” Jose Vega yelled. “You’re a coward!”
My friend @Noggatone and I confronted Congresswoman @AOC on her support for Nuclear War and Ukrainian Nazis. I call her out for being a coward in the face of the party that will push us all into Nuclear war right now. Will she stand up like @TulsiGabbard and fight for peace? pic.twitter.com/aQiQvQSWIN
— Jose Vega — Vote Diane Sare! (@JosBtrigga) October 13, 2022