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Protestors Shout Down Rep. Ocasio-Cortez During Town Hall Over Ukraine Aid

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was shouted down by a pair of protestors during town hall on Oct. 12 for her endorsement of military aid to Ukraine.

“Congresswoman, none of this matters unless there’s a nuclear war, which you voted to send arms and weapons to Ukraine,” one of the protesters yelled while condemning Ocasio-Cortez for backing US arms support to Ukraine against Russia that’s raising concerns among some citizens of a third world war.

“Tulsi Gabbard, she’s left the Democratic Party because they’re war hawks,” the protestors said while Ocasio-Cortez was fielding questions about illegal immigration, the opioid crisis and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Gabbard drew headlines on Oct. 11 when she announced she was leaving the Democratic Party. She was a candidate for the Democrats in the 2020 presidential election after having served multiple terms in the House of Representatives.

“You originally voted—you ran as an outsider. Yet you’ve been voting to start this war in Ukraine. You’re voting to start a third nuclear war with Russia and China,” the protestor said. “Why are you playing with the lives of American citizens? You’re playing with our lives?”

According to the video available on Twitter, at this point the other protestor who could be identified on Twitter as activist Jose Vega said “there’ll be no neighbors if there’s a nuclear bomb!

This protestor called Ocasio-Cortez a “coward” and a “progressive socialist.” “Where are you against the war mobilization?” He blamed the representative for doing “nothing” and praised Gabbard for “show[ing] guts.”

“I believed in you, and you became the very thing that you sought to fight against,” retorted Vega.

The first protestor was identified by Vega as someone known on Twitter as Kynan. “My friend @Noggatone and I confronted Congress woman @AOC on her support for Nuclear War and Ukrainian Nazis,” said Vega in a message on Twitter.

“I call her out for being a coward in the face of the party that will push us all into Nuclear war right now. Will she stand up like @TulsiGabbard and fight for peace?” he said.

Vega’s message on Twitter led to a public debate on social media, with over 33,000 netizens liking it and over 9,800 retweeting it. Some called it Russian propaganda against Ukraine while others supported Vega’s message.

In a subsequent message, Vega shared an email he wrote to Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 seeking help after the ceiling of his apartment collapsed and alleged that it never came.

The Epoch Times reached out to Ocasio-Cortez for comment.

Nuclear Threat

The NYC Emergency Management sent out a July 11 public service announcement to all NYC residents about how to prepare for a nuclear attack.

“As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is important that New Yorkers know we are preparing for any imminent threats and are providing them with the resources they need to stay safe and informed,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol said in a statement.


Venus Upadhayaya reports on wide range of issues. Her area of expertise is in Indian and South Asian geopolitics. She has reported from the very volatile India-Pakistan border and has contributed to mainstream print media in India for about a decade. Community media, sustainable development, and leadership remain her key areas of interest.

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