Ocasio-Cortez shuts down town hall audience member after they call GOP lawmaker a 'moron'

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 'Lucky': Inside Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Sanders MORE (N.Y.) shut down an audience member who called a former GOP lawmaker a "moron" at an MSNBC town hall on Friday.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared alongside former GOP Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.) on the network for a panel discussion about her proposed Green New Deal and other progressive issues.

During one portion of the town hall, Inglis, who has said he believes in climate change, expressed concerns about having "the mirror image of a Trump rally on climate change."

"I worry that what we do is if we have basically the mirror image of a Trump rally on climate change, that we drive all the people away that could come our way and solve this thing now," he said, prompting an audible reaction from the audience.

Inglis, who left in the House in 2011, suggested that Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives focus solely on climate change now before coming back to address other issues such as health care and universal basic income.


"You can’t do it in a single Congress, the entire Green New Deal," he said. "It is literally impossible with the number of committee references that you would have in the course of that."

"Is it possible that we say, climate change … we’ve got to act now?" he said. "Can we come back maybe to universal basic income a little bit later?"

Some audience members loudly booed Inglis, with one person calling him a "moron."

"Hey! That’s unacceptable," Ocasio-Cortez responded to the audience member before turning to Inglis and adding, "That’s the difference between me and Trump."

She later shared the clip on Twitter, writing, "Let's debate, not debase."

Some Republicans have compared Ocasio-Cortez to President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE because of her social media use and habit of responding directly to the press and her critics, comparisons that she and her allies have deemed "absurd."

The MSNBC town hall comes after the Senate blocked the Green New Deal in a vote this week that saw most Democrats voting present. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE (R-Ky.) forced a vote on the proposal in an effort to test Democrats’ unity on the topic.

But at the MSNBC event on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez outlined her plans to push forward with a sweeping effort to address climate change through legislation.

"I didn't expect them to make total fools of themselves," she said of GOP critics of the plan, which she maintains is not socialist or radical.

Updated: 10:10 p.m.