Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down on Banning Press at Public Town Hall Event

Ocasio-Cortez Doubles Down on Banning Press at Public Town Hall Event

As part of a "listening tour", she invited future constituents to a meeting in The Bronx on August 8 and in Corona, Queens on Sunday.

She has traveled the country from California to Kansas and Hawaii to campaign - sometimes with U.S. Sen.

Upon returning to her district after a highly publicized media and campaigning tour across the country, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apparently needed a break from the media.

In a story first reported by the Queens Chronicle, her campaign manager, Vigie Ramos Rios, said the ban stemmed from the press attempting to question Ocasio-Cortez after a community meeting in the Bronx, despite the campaign saying ahead of time that there would be no question or interview opportunities after the event. "Folks are victims of (domestic violence), trafficking, (and) have personal medical issues", Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter on Friday, explaining her decision to shut the media out of her Corona town hall.

Members of the media immediately pushed back against the congressional candidate and political newcomer on Twitter, slamming Ocasio-Cortez for banning reporters from the community meetings.

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"You can not ban members of the press from events that are otherwise open to the public", she said.

Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent told The Post the press restriction was "an outlier, not the norm" and vowed it wouldn't happen again. "We're still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria's national profile". "It's not been a policy of the campaign", Trent said. Trent, a campaign spokesman, said Trent said their campaign is committed to maintaining a positive relationship with area media outlets. "By working to get other progressive candidates elected, Alexandria will be securing more national voting power for the people of Queens and the Bronx".

After Ocasio-Cortez got back to NY from campaigning for other candidates nationwide, she and her campaign found themselves unable to control the amount of media interest she now garnered. "There's a cultural idea that talking about race is divisive ... but I don't think it's divisive unless you're a racist". "This town hall was designed for residents to feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time".

Social media users in attendance said other topics included affordable housing, charter schools and building a local soccer stadium.

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