US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was booed and faced a partly hostile crowd during Friday’s town hall, where some participants were upset with the Democratic Socialist legislator’s positions on immigration, Ukraine funding and the debt ceiling.
Speaking to constituents in Corona, Queens, the “Squad” member was interrupted several times as some people booed and booed her, and in turn, her supporters shouted down those protesters.
“American citizens before immigrants,” shouted one man as he walked toward Ocasio-Cortez holding small American flags. “Where are you on the migrant issue? You are a piece of s–t.”
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The security personnel took them away.
The man also repeated a debunked claim that military veterans were being kicked out of New York City hotels to make room for migrants. A man who said he was an Iraq War veteran tried to pacify the crowd in support of the Congresswoman.
Ocasio-Cortez held a microphone after she was allowed to speak, saying, “Immigrants have nothing to do with vets.” “We all came from Ellis Island. Things are different. Things change over time.”
During a discussion about the June 5 debt default deadline, Ocasio-Cortez said she believed the Biden administration should eliminate the debt limit. He has claimed that failing to raise the limit would lead to massive chaos in the US economy.
“I don’t like that the Republicans passed a $1.7 trillion tax cut on the wealthiest people in this country,” she said at one point.
Protesters noted that the US has provided billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine. The Biden administration has provided nearly $40 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in late February 2022.
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“We’re at war with Russia,” said one woman. “We are on the verge of nuclear war. Are you going to stop this war?”
“Stop funding this war,” one woman can be heard exhorting the escort. “There are so many communities that need help and need that money. I’m from that community.”