(CBrief) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not have a good week either in Congress or at a town hall-style meeting in her New York district.
Several attendees from New York expressed their dissatisfaction with the congresswoman’s lenient position on illegal immigration, her stance on raising the debt ceiling, and her continuous support for extensive U.S. funding for Ukraine, reports said.
Among them, a man wearing a shirt with a Cuban flag and holding an American flag stood up during the event in Queens and approached the stage, loudly proclaiming, “American citizens should come first before migrants!”
“America first!” he added.
“‘We are on the verge of nuclear war with Russia. Are you going to stop this war?” said another, according to a video of the chaotic scene posted by the Freedom TV Twitter account.
“Where are you on the migrant issue?” the man in the Cuban flag shirt added as security came up to surround him, and others in the audience booed. “You’re a piece of s**t!”
“OK,” AOC said as he was being led away.
At another point, an Iraq War vet attempted to defend the Bronx native, saying, “Immigrants have nothing to do with vets, it’s just an excuse. We all, for the most part, came through Ellis Island.” But another attendee shouted in response: “Legally!”
“Stop funding this war, there’s a lot of communities that need help and need that money,” another woman shouted as she was being led out of the auditorium by security.
“America First. Vetted legal migrants only,” “Stop funding Ukraine,” “AOC: An Obvious Criminal,” and “AOC: Stop pushing drag queen story hour,” were among signs being held by several attendees.
Earlier, during a House session, AOC thought she hit Republicans with a checkmate on the debt ceiling negotiations during a floor speech.
“They are accusing Democrats of saying we spend too much,” the New York representative said. “For anyone that wants to entertain that thought, I ask you to think about the last time a person has said in this country that the government does too much for them, that their social security check was too high, that teachers are paid too much.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) stood next to challenge her.
“My friend from New York, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, said, ‘I ask you think about the last time a person has said in this country that the government does too much for them. When was the last time anyone has heard or seen that,’” he said, quoting the congresswoman.
“I’ll say it right here. I don’t want the government doing most of the things that the government is doing to interfere with the ability of the American people to carry out their lives,” he said. “Federal, state, and local.
“When was the last time you had a bureaucrat show up and you said, ‘Oh joy, thank you, I’m really glad there’s a bureaucrat here?’” he said. “When was the last time you were thankful for 32 trillion dollars in debt, a hundred thousand dollars almost for every man, woman, and child in America? Anybody thankful for 32 trillion dollars in debt? Anybody thankful for a border that’s wide open being exploited by cartels while fentanyl comes in and kills our children? Anybody thankful for that Department of Homeland Security that doesn’t actually secure the Homeland? Anybody thankful for an FBI that went after Scott Smith and labeled him a domestic terrorist for daring to defend his daughter in a school board meeting because she was assaulted in a bathroom?” he said as he continued to tear into bureaucracy.”
“We have a government that is weaponized against the American people and is undermining our liberties and they want more of it,” he said, referring to Democrats. “My colleagues on the other side of the aisle want more government. They want more taxes, they want more spending, they want more bureaucrats knocking on your door.”