New York Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing blowback on social media after she banned reporters from a public town hall event earlier this week.
The event, which took place Sunday in the Queens borough of New York City, was open to the public but not the media.
Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman, Corbin Trent, told the Queens Chronicle that the banning was "an outlier" and the campaign is "still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria's national profile."
A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez's campaign declined to comment further to The Hill, but Ocasio-Cortez tweeted later on Friday that her campaign's decision to bar press from the event was a "non-story."
"Additionally, with this town hall non-story: it was designed to protect + invite vulnerable populations to PUBLIC discourse: immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, and so on," she tweeted. "We indicated previously that the event would be closed to press. Future ones are open."
Additionally, with this town hall non-story: it was designed to protect + invite vulnerable populations to PUBLIC discourse: immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, and so on.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 17, 2018
We indicated previously that the event would be closed to press. Future ones are open.
The news was first reported in the Chronicle on Thursday, a small newspaper adjacent to the district Ocasio-Cortez seeks to win this fall. After the story went viral on Friday, critics were quick to condemn the rising political star's actions as she embarks on her "listening tour" throughout the 14th District.
It’s only 12pm, but there have already been more hits on the @QueensChronicle’s website today than any other day in 2018.— Chris Barca (@CBarcaQC) August 17, 2018
Here’s the story that’s catching fire, in case you missed it:https://t.co/ERGaRMaPyT #NY14 https://t.co/talhJ3RILL
Sure sounds like Ocasio campaign is saying press is there to make people uncomfortable, like an enemy or something https://t.co/Wv15nGuR6W— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 17, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez bans press from town hall....— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 17, 2018
But but but #FreePress!
This is an attack on all journalists and the first amendment!!!
Nothing? The media is basically silent on this one? Why is that?https://t.co/UfbYnXmjH8
The same week liberals published coordinated editorials in 350+ newspapers decrying Trump's so-called "assault on the free press..."— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 17, 2018
Democratic darling @Ocasio2018 banned press from her townhalls. LOL
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned the media from attending a town hall this week and there's very little said about it. Yet if Trump did that, people would lose their minds. Double standard much?— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 17, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez, 28, a former volunteer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign, shocked the political establishment by upsetting 10-term congressman Joseph Crowley in June's Democratic primary.
-- Updated 5:19 p.m.