Ocasio-Cortez Dismisses Suggestion There’s a Growing ‘Tea Party of the Left’

During last night’s MSNBC town hall on the Green New Deal, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the idea that there’s a growing “tea party on the left.”

Former Congressman Bob Inglis said at one point, “I think we’re seeing the formation of a tea party of the left. The tea party of the right that tossed me out ten years ago and went into this decade of disastrous disputation, I think we’re at risk of that happening now on the left. Because, you know, last night Donald Trump was in Michigan. There was a crowd that was really cheering for him.”

“What’s the difference between last night and tonight?” Inglis asked. “This is the mirror image. This is the flip side.”

The audience did not exactly respond positively. Ocasio-Cortez rejected the comparison, saying, “We are committed to policies that make American lives better and we’re actually talking about something substantive. We’re not calling anyone names.”

She added that she finds the phrasing interesting because “the grounding of the tea party was xenophobia, the underpinnings of white supremacy.”

At one point when someone in the audience heckled Inglis, Ocasio-Cortez told the heckler “that’s unacceptable,” adding, “And that’s the difference between me and Trump.”

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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