Video from a recent town hall event held by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has right-wingers losing their minds.
The meeting, which took place on October 19, was disrupted by protesters reportedly holding signs touting conspiracy theories. When the protesters started beating drums and chanting “AOC has got to go,” the Democratic congresswoman began dancing to the beat from her perch on the stage at the Boys & Girls Club where the event was held in Astoria, Queens.
The protesters reportedly heckled and chanted for about 20 minutes, preventing Ocasio-Cortez and other constituents from speaking. According to The Independent, the demonstrators were there to protest Ocasio-Cortez’s support for the LGBTQ community. One protester reportedly suggested that non-heterosexuals be banned from owning a house.
“These homophobes were yelling Westboro Baptist-style anti-LGBT+ slogans. What do you think I’m gonna do? Take them seriously?” the congresswoman, who represents New York’s 14th district, including parts of Queens and The Bronx, said in a Tweet after video of the town hall went viral. “If you want to associate w/ their views, that’s your business. But NY-14 will ALWAYS have a champion for LGBTQ+ people on my watch. Period.”
These homophobes were yelling Westboro Baptist-style anti-LGBT+ slogans. What do you think I’m gonna do? Take them seriously?😂💃🏽
If you want to associate w/ their views, that’s your business.
But NY-14 will ALWAYS have a champion for LGBTQ+ people on my watch. Period. 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️💕 https://t.co/aFTp8hv8SH
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 23, 2022
That didn’t stop right-wing media figures from blasting Ocasio-Cortez for supposedly “mocking her constituents.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tweeted a clip mashing up video of Ocasio-Cortez trying to regain control of the town hall with a viral clip of a small child arguing with his mother, while Chadwick Moore, a contributing editor at The Spectator World, accused Ocasio-Cortez of never having lived in the district she represents.
.@AOC’s tantrums always reminded me of someone.
Finally put my finger on it. pic.twitter.com/vXMdW8AqAA
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) October 20, 2022
She’s mocking her constituents because she’s never lived in her district, they didn’t put her in power, and she doesn’t answer to them. https://t.co/uiIhcbNNpJ
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) October 20, 2022
Not broken @bennyjohnson
AOC is actually mocking her constituents. She is drunk with power & narcissism. Sandy doesn’t care what they think. That’s why she laughs & dances it all off. https://t.co/C2q83X6wZN
— Rachel Campos-Duffy (@RCamposDuffy) October 20, 2022
“She is drunk with power & narcissism. Sandy doesn’t care what they think. That’s why she laughs & dances it all off,” tweeted Fox & Friends Weekend host Rachel Campos-Duffy, using a nickname for Ocasio-Cortez that the right uses to express their antipathy towards her.
“The disruptors at last night’s town hall are part of a far-right wing group that regularly protests at vaccine clinics, against LGBTQ rights, etc. They were not constituents,” a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Post. “We’re grateful that we were still able to have a meaningful dialogue, in spite of that group of outsiders.”
Ocasio-Cortez is up for reelection next month and is heavily favored to win against her Republican opponent, Tina Forte.