Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was confronted by anti-war protesters during a Wednesday town hall event she hosted in the Bronx. The crowd at the sparsely attended event was dominated by her own progressive constituency, but who loudly voiced their anger and frustration over selling out on foreign policy, especially when it comes to her positions and votes on the Ukraine war, which has seen the US hand over an unprecedented tens of billions of dollars in weapons and aid. This has made her indistinguishable from her establishment colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including neocon Republicans and hawkish Dems.
One protester loudly denounced her for policy positions that will lead to a “nuclear war” with Russia as seen in a now viral clip. Indeed an article in Unherd observed starting last Spring: The Squad nowhere to be seen as Ukraine package sails through – a trend which has only continued. Though AOC and Democratic party leadership under her friend and “mentor” Nancy Pelosi have worked hard to protect her image as a leading young Progressive, she stood helpless on the stage as the crowd turned against her, calling her out as a fraud. Watch:
While discussing ongoing escalation among nuclear-armed powers over Ukraine, a protester had enough, yelling back at AOC: “None of this matters unless there’s a nuclear war, which you voted to send arms and weapons to Ukraine.”
He then called her out for her initial “outsider” views on the campaign trail, which are now anything but. She was accused of “playing with lives of American citizens” by stoking proxy war in Ukraine, leading to nuclear showdown with Russia:
“You ran as an outsider, yet you’ve been voting to start this war in Ukraine. You’re voting to start a third nuclear war with Russia and China. Why are you playing with the lives of American citizens?“
Previously after the New York Democrat voted in favor of sending $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid in May, she’s made multiple statements in favor of ramping up aid to the Ukrainians amid the Russian invasion. “As Ukraine fights against the Russian invasion, we have a moral obligation to assist any way we can,” Ocasio-Cortez had said.
Ironically this is the very week former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has come under mainstream media fire and an avalanche of online denunciations and attacks for her stance on Russia-Ukraine which runs deeply counter to Washington orthodoxy. She announced this week she’ll be leaving the Democratic Pary, “an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness” – as she described in her own blistering video commentary.
In the viral AOC town hall clip, a second protester can be seen loudly asking why she can’t be more like Gabbard. “Tulsi Gabbard, she’s left the Democratic Party because they are war hawks,” he began.
“Tulsi Gabbard has shown guts where you’ve shown cowardice,” the second protester said. “I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against.”
“That what you’ve become, you are the establishment! And you are the reason why everybody will end up in a nuclear war…”
Journalist Glenn Greenwald took the opportunity to point out AOC’s initial positions upon entering Congress have since changed dramatically…
And more from Greenwald below:
The pair of protesters later explained in a follow-up social media post, “My friend @Noggatone and I confronted Congresswoman [Ocasio-Cortez] on her support for Nuclear War and Ukrainian Nazis,” according to a Twitter statement by Jose Vega.
He added, “I call her out for being a coward in the face of the party that will push us all into Nuclear war right now. Will she stand up like [Tulsi Gabbard] and fight for peace?“
Meanwhile, a simple Google search of the AOC encounter with protesters turns up this curious notification urging users to “check the source” on whether it is “trusted”…