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Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won re-election in the 14th District in New York after defeating Republican Tina Forte on Tuesday night.
“Thank you to every member of our community and every grassroots supporter for entrusting me with the great responsibility of representing NY-14 in Congress. We do this with small dollars, every time. I remain grateful to all of you who make a new kind of governance possible,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after the race was called.
Several reports have suggested that Ocasio-Cortez could be one of the Democratic Party’s potential 2024 presidential candidates, but she has not commented directly on whether she would run.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat-Socialist, has been getting bombarded recently by voters in her district.
It was not long ago that she was a beacon of what was supposed to be the new Democrat Party.
But the shine has begun to wear off as she was heckled this week at an event and her response was to mock the protesters as they banged a drum and chanted “AOC has got to go.”
As the protesters chanted the representative began to dance, as she sat on the stage, and then pointed to one man in the audience and said, “Very classy, thank you sir.
AOC dances to protesters chanting “AOC has got to go” at an event in her district tonight
How absolutely humiliating.
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) October 20, 2022
The protest group was there to speak up against AOC and protest against crime rates going up in NYC, against the LGBTQ+ community housing and Mandates, among other topics. At one point the lights shut off and AOC was escorted out of the room. She returned once the lights were back on and could be heard saying “I’m not allowed to be in a room with the lights turned off.” Pro-AOC supporters then clapped and thanked her for being at the event.
The incident occurred days after another protest at one of her town halls where she appeared to become furious with protesters. The constituents hammered her for voting to send funds to Ukraine and, in their opinion, push the United States closer to nuclear war.
“None of this matters unless there’s a nuclear war, which you voted to send arms and weapons to Ukraine,” one of the protesters said on Wednesday. “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?”
“Tulsi Gabbard has shown guts where you’ve shown cowardice,” another protester said. “I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against.”
“I believed in you, and you became the very thing you sought to fight against. That’s what you’ve become,” he said. “You are the establishment.”
The representative argued back but it is tough to hear in the video. But she did vote to send $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in May.
Being “war hawks” was one of the reasons that former Democrat Rep. Gabbard left the Democrat Party, but not the only one.
AOC got WRECKED. This is one of the most relentless verbal beatdowns you’ll see. 👀pic.twitter.com/zDtTCSdv8z
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) October 13, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last when she accused her party of never making an effort to win over Hispanic voters.
During an appearance on the far-left “Pod Save America” podcast, Ocasio-Cortez addressed why she thinks some Democratic voters are leaving the party.
“I can at least say with Latino voters, we’ve never tried as a party. The Democratic Party has not tried in terms of Latino electorates. We really need to step up both in our efforts on the campaign, but also in our efforts in governance,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
AOC also slammed President Joe Biden for excluding undocumented immigrants from the blanket pardon he issued last month for people convicted of marijuana possession at a federal level.
“And even recently with President Biden’s marijuana executive order, I very much applaud that he went there, but he exempted people who were convicted if they were convicted while they were undocumented,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “We’re looking at the overwhelming majority of people who have been convicted that would have benefited from that pardon have status, they have status complications.”