Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez danced on stage in response to hostile chants from protesters demanding she be removed from office at a fiery town hall meeting this week in New York City.
The New York Democrat, who is a member of the far-left ‘Squad’, was filmed confronting several vocal opponents who heckled the congresswoman over ‘Big Pharma’ and her support for LBGTQ rights.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, AOC has to go!” chanted the demonstrators, to which the legislator responded by briefly dancing on stage to the rhythm of the songs, while drinking a bottle of water.
She pointed to a man during the demonstration and responded by saying, “Very classy, thank you sir.”
Another man tried to disrupt the event by suggesting he had to be gay to own a house.
“So if I don’t have anal sex, I don’t have a place to live,” said one man, interrupting Ms Ocasio-Cortez discussing special LGBT centers.
“Sir, your sexual orientation has nothing to do with it,” she replied.
Another woman shouted that she had God and shouted “F—- y’all” to the attendees in the room.
“There are only two [expletive] genres,” she shouted, before being booed by the crowd. The organizers temporarily turned off the lights.
The Boys and Girls Club town hall in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens was the second time in recent weeks that Ms Ocasio-Cortez had encountered angry protesters. Last week, a group of protesters denounced their support for Ukraine in its war against Russia, citing its vote to send more weapons to Kyiv.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez responded to questions on social media about the confrontation with anti-Ukrainian protesters by saying they were Trump supporters who were ‘repeating pro-Putin talking points’, a reference to the Russian president Vladimir Poutine.
“Ukraine, like other nations, has the right to self-determination,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said on her Instagram account.
The congresswoman is expected to easily win re-election in her deep blue New York neighborhood.
Nonpartisan election forecaster FiveThirtyEight predicted she would win about three-quarters of the vote against Republican candidate Tina Forte.