‘Hey, hey, hey, hey that’s unacceptable’: AOC shuts down heckler at town hall, then pats herself on back for it

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended a former GOP congressman as she reprimanded a heckler who called him a “moron” during a town hall meeting.

The New York Democrat quickly scolded the audience member who appeared to yell out the insult at former Rep. Bob Inglis during a discussion of the Green New Deal at an MSNBC town hall on Friday which also included NBC News analyst Heather C. McGhee and MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes.

As Hayes brought up the effectiveness of the grassroots Tea Party movement, and any comparisons to how Ocasio-Cortez presses her progressive stances, Inglis suggested that a focus only on climate change could be an effective method of moving forward.

“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?” the former South Carolina Republicam who left office in 2011, said.“Could we come back to health care? Because, you know, I was in two Congresses that were totally consumed by health care.”

“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,” Inglis contended. “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 the audience reacted, one man appeared to yell out, “Make the changes now, you moron!”

“Hey, hey, hey, hey that’s unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez countered, and then immediately patted herself on the back.

“And that’s the difference between me and Trump,” she said.

The New York congresswoman may have been making reference to President Donald Trump’s rally in Michigan on Thursday, where the audience broke out into chants of “AOC sucks!” as Donald Trump Jr. warmed the crowd up before his father took the stage.

“You guys aren’t very nice,” Trump Jr. joked amid the chanting. “And neither is what that policy would do to this country.”

Ocasio-Cortez later addressed the town hall incident on Twitter, urging “Let’s debate, not debase.”

Inglis pointed to the “high road” in a tweet after the event, noting that it was “good of” the freshman congresswoman to have defended him.

Ocasio-Cortez dealt with her own heckler during an education twon hall in New York City earlier this month, inviting the critic to a discussion.

While her supporters fawned over her handling of the heckler at the MSNBC town hall, many others were skeptical at best about how the incident played out.

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