Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reprimanded a crowd for calling a former Republican congressman a 'moron'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bob Inglis.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has gained a reputation as the Republican Party's newest archrival, but the freshman congresswoman reached across the aisle on Friday evening. Just not on policy matters.

During a town hall that aired on MSNBC, Ocasio-Cortez and former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) discussed the Green New Deal, a bill Ocasio-Cortez introduced earlier this year which is geared toward eliminating carbon emissions in the United States, but was voted down by the Senate last Tuesday. After Inglis expressed reservations about the proposed bill due to its sweeping nature, which he believes will make it "impossible" to get passed all at once, the crowd got a tad riled up. One person in the audience called Inglis a "moron." That apparently crossed the line for Ocasio-Cortez, who quieted the crowd and called the name-calling unacceptable.

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Tim O'Donnell

Tim is a staff writer at The Week and has contributed to Bedford and Bowery and The New York Transatlantic. He is a graduate of Occidental College and NYU's journalism school. Tim enjoys writing about baseball, Europe, and extinct megafauna. He lives in New York City.