U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was shouted at and faced a partially hostile crowd at a town hall on Friday where some attendees were upset with the Democratic Socialist lawmaker’s positions on funding immigration to Ukraine and limiting the debt.
Speaking to constituents in Corona, Queens, the ‘Squad’ member was repeatedly disturbed as some heckled and booed her, and in turn her supporters yelled at those protesters.
“American citizens before migrants,” shouted a man as he walked toward Ocasio-Cortez holding small American flags. “Where are you on the issue of migrants? You are an asshole.”
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He was taken away by security officers.
The man also repeated a denied claim that military veterans were being kicked out of New York hotels to make room for migrants. A man who said he was an Iraq war veteran tried to calm the crowd in favor of the congresswoman.
“Immigrants have nothing to do with vets,” the man said, holding up a microphone after Ocasio-Cortez allowed him to speak. “We’ve all been to Ellis Island. Things are different. Things change over time.”
When discussing the June 5 default deadline, Ocasio-Cortez said she thinks the Biden administration should eliminate the debt limit. She claimed that failure to raise the limit would cause massive chaos in the US economy.
“I don’t like that Republicans passed a $1.7 trillion tax cut for the wealthiest people in this country,” she said at one point.
Protesters noted that the United States had provided billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine. The Biden administration has provided Ukraine nearly $40 billion in military aid since invading Russia in late February 2022.
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“We are at war with Russia,” said one woman. “We are on the brink of nuclear war. Will you stop this war?
“Stop funding this war,” a woman is heard saying as she is escorted away. “There are a lot of communities that need help and need this money. I’m from that community.”