The Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has become one of the foremost voices of the Democratic party—and widely reviled on the right.
She proved that once again in an MSNBC Town Hall on the Green New Deal (which Ocasio-Cortez cosponsored) when a former Congressman cautioned her that the Green New Deal was too ambitious to be achieved by a single congress and could prove as polarizing as Trump.
“I worry that what we do is if we have basically the mirror image of a Trump rally on climate change In that we drive all the people away that could come our way and solve this thing now,” Inglis told her, adding: “Is it possible that we say, climate change … we’ve got to act now? Can we come back maybe to universal basic income a little bit later?”
The audience was outraged, with one supporter yelling, “You moron!” at Inglis. Ocasio-Cortez immediately called the Democratic heckler out in no uncertain terms, saying:
“Hey, that is unacceptable.”
And without missing a beat, she then turned to Inglis, telling him:
“That’s the difference between me and Trump!”
Watch the incredible moment below at the 1:58 mark:
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 30, 2019
The crowd immediately began applauding, as did Twitter.
You just exhibited the same honorable decent behavior as @SenJohnMcCain did when a woman in his audience criticized @BarackObama. (And even many Republicans know how opposite Trump's behavior is to McCain's.)
— AmericanDreamBlueWarrior (@nyzap) March 30, 2019
Real class act, lets debate respectfully find common grounds and make changes needed that everyone can support, respect is key. We have to learn to work thru our differences and respect each other viewpoints. Our diversity makes us great, when were unify possibilities are endless
— The Weekly Deals (@TheWeeklyDeals) March 30, 2019
— teresa hak (@teresahak) March 30, 2019
One of the many reasons I love this woman!
— Joseph Henry (@JosephH12878393) March 31, 2019
This is the standard we want all politicians to live up to from now on. Enough of the bullying and demagoguery. It’s time for a change.
— Wendy (@wranadive) March 30, 2019
Trump is infamously reluctant to rebuke his supporters if they cross a line.