Right-wing plan to embarrass Ocasio-Cortez at town hall backfires spectacularly
A pro-Trump group's attempt to infiltrate a town hall held by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was exposed this week, but not before it was promoted by Donald Trump, his son, and others on the right.
During the Thursday night meeting, a woman stood and began shouting, saying that, in order to combat climate change, "We got to start eating babies." She also wore a t-shirt that read, "Save the planet. Eat the children."
The woman was a plant from LaRouchePAC, a political group associated with the cult that formed around Lyndon LaRouche, who died in February at 96. The group defends and supports Trump and has expressed sympathy for his positions on a host of issues.
"LaRouchePAC trolls AOC, AOC doesn't rule out eating babies," the group posted on Twitter after the incident.
A reporter from the conservative Daily Wire later tweeted a video clip of the incident, describing the woman as "one of Ocasio-Cortez's constituents" who had "[lost] her mind over climate change."
One of Ocasio-Cortez's constituents loses her mind over climate change during AOC's townhall, claims we only have a few months left: "We got to start eating babies! We don't have enough time! ... We have to get rid of the babies! ... We need to eat the babies!" pic.twitter.com/uVmOnboluI— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 3, 2019
The incident was also written up at the conservative Washington Examiner in an account that was reprinted on Fox News' website. Those stories did not mention that the woman was a plant.
Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., posted the reporter's video Thursday night, adding, "Seems like a normal AOC supporter to me."
Trump later retweeted his son's post. "AOC is a Wack (sic) Job!" he wrote alongside the tweet.
AOC is a Wack Job! https://t.co/LU3hIeek0c— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2019
The episode was the latest in a long line of attempts to attack the freshman congresswoman, as well as the science surrounding climate change.
Earlier in the year, Ocasio-Cortez was also mocked by conservatives who sought to criticize her for dancing in a video unearthed from her time in college.
Ocasio-Cortez has since responded to the elder Trump's tweet calling her a "Wack Job" over the incident.
"Better than being a criminal who betrays our country," she wrote back, referencing Trump's calls for foreign countries to investigate his political rivals.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Oliver Willis.