By Victoria Merlino
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced a Swiftian proposition at a Corona town hall on Thursday night.
“I think your next campaign slogan has to be this: ‘We’ve got to start eating babies,’” a woman who claimed she was concerned about the climate crisis, told Ocasio-Cortez as she took questions from the audience in LeFrak City.
“All of you, you know, you are a pollutant,” the woman continued, saying that she admired Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal but that it was “not enough.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded by commenting on the urgent need to respond to the climate crisis. “If we act in a positive way, there’s space for hope,” she said.
“This person may have been suffering from a mental condition and it’s not okay that the right-wing is mocking her and potentially make her condition or crisis worse,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Be a decent human being and knock it off.”
Ocasio-Cortez also clarified her comments at the town hall on Twitter, saying that she was concerned that the woman was “in crisis” and she was trying to deescalate the situation. “Earlier this year I was stalked & very nearly hurt by a disturbed person. I don’t take chances & immediately try to de-escalate,” she wrote.
A far-right fringe group who supports Trump, the LaRouche PAC, later claimed the woman as one of their own who was trying to “troll” the member of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez also presented her “A Just Society” proposal to constituents, a legislative package that would address poverty.
Ocasio-Cortez’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.