Ocasio-Cortez Rips Protesters Who Followed Her Out of Movie Theater

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) didn’t have much use for a group of protesters who heckled her as she left a movie theater Monday evening.

In a video that FreedomNewsTv posted on the X platform, protesters at the theater were verbally harassing the self-described “democratic socialist.”

The demonstrators were upset with her rhetoric regarding Israel’s war against Hamas following the Oct. 7 attack by the group in which some 1,300 Israelis were killed and some 200 others kidnapped, some of whom have since been murdered.

In the video, protesters repeatedly ask AOC, who was with her fiancee Riley Roberts, why AOC hasn’t called Israel’s actions “genocide”:

PROTESTOR: You refuse to call it a genocide.

AOC: I need you to understand that this is not ok.

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PROTESTOR: It’s not ok that there’s a genocide happening and you’re not actively against it.

AOC: You’re lying.

PROTESTOR: I’m lying? You’re not. You went on TV [inaudible]

The lawmaker continued to walk away from the demonstrators but nevertheless kept engaging them, the video showed.

“Over 30,000 people are dead, AOC,” another protestor says. “You can’t just say it for once? Just say the word. That’s it! That’s all we want you to say!”

As they leave the theater, Roberts addresses the demonstrators and demands that they back off. “Stop. Ok? Stop,” he said.

As the video ends, AOC tells a protestor that they will edit the video to take what she said out of context:

…And you’re gonna cut this you’re gonna clip this so that it’s completely out of context. I already said that it was. And y’all are just going to pretend that it wasn’t over and over again. It’s fucked up, man! You’re not helping your people! And you’re not helping them! You’re not helping them!

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AOC came under fire from the head of New York City’s Democratic Socialists of America, a political organization she has identified with in the past, after remarks following a pro-Palestinian rally in the Big Apple just a day after Hamas’ deadly attack on Israel.

The NYC DSA promoted the rally, with the party claiming to be “in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to resist 75 years of occupation and apartheid,” per a post on the X platform, which has since been deleted.

As reported by Politico Playbook, AOC responded to the rally with remarks that were upsetting to the DSA.

“It should not be hard to shut down hatred and antisemitism where we see it. That is a core tenet of solidarity,” she said.

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“The bigotry and callousness expressed in Times Square on Sunday were unacceptable and harmful in this devastating moment. It also did not speak for the thousands of New Yorkers who are capable of rejecting both Hamas’ horrifying attacks against innocent civilians as well as the grave injustices and violence Palestinians face under occupation,” she added.

Nadia Tykulsker, the NYC DSA’s steering committee member, fired back, telling Politico Playbook that the rally was “at the request of a coalition partner because we believe in equality and justice for all Palestinians and Israelis, and we know that war will take more lives.”

“It is shameful that politicians in our state are exploiting this moment to target a socialist organization and divide the vibrant left in New York — whose sole aim in politics is to grow the power of working people for freedom against exploitation and oppression — instead of focusing our attention where it should be: on the atrocities and tragic loss of life in the region,” she added.

For the record, Israel has not “occupied” Gaza since September 2005, when the Jewish state withdrew its remaining troops. Hamas took over the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.

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