‘Fox & Friends’ co-host slams ‘privileged moron’ AOC over defund the police rhetoric
When “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth was asked about Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her calling for the defunding of the police, he flatly called her out as a “privileged moron.” He went on to say that what she said “makes no sense” and that she’d be the first to call the police if she was accosted.
AOC has been in a battle with fellow Democrats recently over the “Defund the Police” movement and the viewpoint of her more moderate colleagues that it is hurting vulnerable Democratic seats in the House.
Democratic leaders complained that two issues closely associated with AOC — defunding the police and socialism — contributed to Democratic losses in House races last week, including Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis ousting first-term Democratic Rep. Max Rose in the Staten Island congressional race.
Hegseth’s comments came following a clip of a recent virtual town hall meeting where AOC was trying to explain to a 14-year-old student that: “Safety is not just an officer with a badge and a gun, but that safety is also a mental health worker that shows up when you’re in crisis.” Her message reportedly is not sitting well with other Democrats.
Co-host Steve Doocy engaged with Hegseth by saying that, “You know, Pete, the more she said, the more times Republicans repeated what she said and it helped the Republicans ultimately during this election.”
“That’s true, because she’s a privileged moron, and what she just said makes no sense,” Hegseth said. “She’d be the first person to call the police if she was assaulted or accosted. Anyone knows a badge and a gun are required in situations where you can’t just send a social worker, it’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard on its face.”
The media seems focused on AOC’s use of the word ‘just’ but nevertheless, her call for defunding the police is clear.
“Our [police budget] is too high,” she said, citing a $6 billion figure for the NYPD.
She said unchecked spending on the NYPD “becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy” and crowds out spending on other needs such as housing and healthcare.
“It’s about a budget shift,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
She also said that many of her constituents complain that “too many people” are killed by “police violence.”
Hegseth went on to criticize Senator Joe Manchin for his involvement in the feud after he said “defund my butt” as “talking like your grandpa would trying to take on the young kids and it ain’t gonna work.” He stressed that “this is not your Daddy’s Democrat Party.” Hegseth then proceeded to label the Democratic Party as radical globalists who hate America. He said that Manchin is done as a Democrat and might as well switch parties.
Defund the police? Defund, my butt. I'm a proud West Virginia Democrat. We are the party of working men and women. We want to protect Americans' jobs & healthcare. We do not have some crazy socialist agenda, and we do not believe in defunding the police. https://t.co/EIFHX5OQ37
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 11, 2020
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 12, 2020
AOC sent out a tweet where she fixed the West Virginia Democratic Senator with an icy glare that imparted her feelings on the matter. Manchin continued to vow that he will block any “crazy socialist agenda” on Capitol Hill.
Other Democrats such as Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty have aggressively moved for defunding the police as well. Hardesty, however, recently called the police when she got into an altercation with a Lyft driver who then wanted to drop her off at a gas station. Both parties called 911 even though Hardesty ironically has previously argued that most 911 calls are unnecessary.
Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez asked her over 10 million followers on social media who they would pick in Biden’s “dream cabinet.”
Some names that were floated in the comments included Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as Treasury secretary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as Labor secretary, Keith Ellison or Sally Yates as attorney general, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) as VA secretary, and Julián Castro to return to his Obama-era post as HUD secretary. Andrew Yang was also a favorite.
The Democratic Socialist congresswoman was easily reelected to a second term last week in New York’s 14th district taking in parts of The Bronx and Queens. AOC admitted that some critics were “apoplectic” over defunding the police.