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A town hall hosted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. touting the apparent benefits of the Green New Deal ended up making some attendees red with anger Thursday.

The socialist lawmaker spoke at an event in Queens, New York City, where two attendees booed her and accused her of caring more about illegal immigrants than those she was elected to represent. One of the hecklers, Jonathan David Rinaldi, said he is challenging Ocasio-Cortez for her congressional seat.

“My name is Jonathan David Rinaldi and I’m running for Congress against AOC, the Green New Deal is a scam,” Rinaldi shouted as Ocasio-Cortez defended environmental justice provisions and climate change policies under the deal.

A man yells at socialist legislator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a town hall

Socialist lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was booed at a town hall Thursday and accused of caring more about illegal immigrants than those she was elected to represent. (FoxNews)


“They’re giving away NYCHA apartments, they’re giving illegal aliens $10,000 a day… I want you to debate me AOC, debate me.”

NYCHA, the New York City Housing Authority, is an agency that oversees the city’s public housing projects, and Rinaldi told Fox News Digital that he believes lawmakers are trying to move illegal immigrants into those developments at the expense of the citizen.

Ocasio-Cortez could be seen smiling on stage as security attempted to eject Rinaldi.

Then another man stood up from his seat and joined in the shouting.

“Secure the border now,” the man yelled at Ocasio-Cortez while pointing his finger.

“You haven’t said a word about the violent Venezuelan immigrants, the illegal ones.”

“You don’t care, all you care about is illegal aliens and their votes. You don’t care about your constituents.”

“That’s all you care about, you’re a disgrace.”

Climate activists near the Capitol

Climate activists speak during the Green New Deal press conference this week. (Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images)


The man was soon drowned out by Ocasio-Cortez supporters shouting “AOC, AOC” and applauding.

The man was also referring to the brutal attack by immigrants on the New York police last month.

As Rinaldi was led away from the scene, he shouted, “Each and every one of us is being sold by people who have brought illegals here to vote.”

He then clashed with an Ocasio-Cortez supporter before turning and booing the congresswoman again.

“You only represent illegal aliens.”

Well, clearly I don’t, because I’m an elected member of Congress, so keep pushing, bro,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

After the men were removed from the scene, Ocasio-Cortez commented on her stance on immigration.

“Clearly, this community – Astoria, Jackson Heights, also on the other side of the Bronx – clearly supports progressive immigration policies that welcome all of our neighbors.”

“We clearly support a path to citizenship, we clearly support an end to draconian immigration policies and that is why all of you… support my representation of our community in Congress because we have had enough.”

His comments were met with applause and one woman shouted “thank you.”

Migrants in New York

Dozens of immigrants gather in front of the Roosevelt Hotel in August.


“We have seen that the anti-immigrant voices in this country are very strong, but they are very few and we have to look around us and realize how many of us are here supporting our neighbors and recognizing the fact that virtually all of us are descendants of immigrants , indigenous or slaves,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

The hecklers were demonstrating illegal immigration and not all immigration.

While illegal and legal immigrants are prohibited from voting, the New York City Council passed legislation in 2021 that would have given non-citizens residing in the country for at least 30 days the right to vote. New York Mayor Eric Adams signed the law upon taking office in January 2022, but it was ruled illegal several months later and an appeal against the ruling was denied by a New York state appeals court.

Nearly 7.3 million migrants have illegally crossed the southwest border under President Biden, a number greater than the population of 36 individual states. a Fox News analysis has found.

New York City has welcomed more than 178,600 immigrants since spring 2022 and approximately 65,000 are still in the city’s care, according to the mayor’s office.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

By Sam