U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced a challenging situation during a town hall event in Corona, Queens, as a majority hostile crowd expressed their dissatisfaction with her positions on various issues. The congresswoman’s stance on immigration drew criticism, particularly regarding the handling of migrants in New York City, with concerns raised about their placement in local schools, which some felt created potentially unsafe environments, causing parents to keep their children out of school.
Furthermore, participants expressed their frustration with the continuous funding of Ukraine and questioned the need for such substantial financial support, with one woman asking her “Will you end this war?” The topic of the debt limit also sparked discontent among the attendees, as Democrats have been unreasonable in their conditions while negotiating. Throughout the event, Ocasio-Cortez was heckled and booed, while her supporters attempted to drown out the protesters, although it was not apparent that AOC supporters made up the majority of the room.
Despite the challenging atmosphere, Ocasio-Cortez had the opportunity to present her perspective, but it was met with considerable disapproval from many in attendance, suggesting a significant divide between the congresswoman and a portion of her constituents.
AOC was getting LIT up by her constituents, who are sick of her putting America LAST!
AOC town hall was a mess. pic.twitter.com/HGmiyICKsN
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) May 27, 2023
According to Fox News:
“Immigrants have nothing to do with vets,” the man said, holding a microphone after Ocasio-Cortez allowed him to speak. “We all came through Ellis Island. Things are different. Things change over time.”
During a discussion about the June 5 debt default deadline, Ocasio-Cortez stated she believes the Biden administration should eliminate the debt limit.
“I don’t like that Republicans passed a $1.7 trillion tax cut on the wealthiest people in this country,” she said at one point.
Protesters noted that the U.S. has provided billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine. The Biden administration has provided Ukraine with nearly $40 billion in military aid since Russia invaded in late February 2022.
“We are at war with Russia,” one woman said. “We’re on the verge of nuclear war. Are you going to stop this war?”
“Stop funding this war,” one woman is heard saying while being escorted away. “There’s a lot of communities that need help and need that money. I’m from that community.”
The town hall event in Corona, Queens showcased widespread discontent towards U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her positions on various issues. Criticism centered around her immigration stance, particularly the handling of migrants in New York City and its potential impact on local schools and student safety. Attendees also expressed frustration over continuous funding for Ukraine and questioned the necessity of such substantial financial support. Furthermore, discontent arose regarding the debt limit negotiations, with Democrats perceived as unreasonable. Throughout the event, Ocasio-Cortez faced heckling and booing, revealing a significant divide between her and some constituents. Despite the opportunity to present her perspective, her remarks were met with strong disapproval.