Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) scolded an audience member at an MSNBC town hall on Friday who insulted former Republican South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.) by yelling out that he was a “moron.”
Inglis and NBC News analyst Heather C. McGhee joined Ocasio-Cortez and MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on stage for a panel discussion about her proposed Green New Deal and the issue of climate change.
“What we do is if we have a basically the mirror image of a Trump rally on climate change that we drive all the people away that could come our way and solve this thing now and then could we come back to things like universal basic income?” Inglis began. “Could we come back to health care? Because, you know, I was in two Congresses that were totally consumed by health care.”
He continued, “You can’t do it in a single Congress, the entire Green New Deal. It is literally impossible with the number of committee references that you would have in the course of that. So is it possible that we say, ‘Listen, climate change is the thing that we’re seeing the whites of its eyes. We got to act now.’ Can we come back maybe to universal basic income a little bit later?”
As some members of the audience began to boo Inglis, one voice could be heard calling the lawmaker a “moron.”
“Hey, hey, hey! That’s unacceptable!” Ocasio-Cortez interjected, adding, “And that’s the difference between me and Trump.”
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Ocasio-Cortez was likely referring to chants of “AOC sucks!” that broke out at President Donald Trump’s rally in Michigan on Thursday.
The chant could be heard as Donald Trump Jr. criticized Ocasio-Cortez.
As the chant subsided, Trump Jr. said, “You guys aren’t very nice and neither is what that policy would do to this country.”
Donald Trump Jr. blasts Ocasio-Cortez: "Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn’t know the three branches of government…that’s pretty scary"
Crowd chants: "AOC sucks!" pic.twitter.com/Qh4TmyVSFi
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 29, 2019