Donald Trump Jr. smiled and laughed when a crowd at a rally for his father Thursday night chanted "AOC sucks!" in reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Trump Jr. was speaking before President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Mich. and brought up Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old, self-described socialist who has become a frequent target of the GOP.
"Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn't know the three branches of government," Trump Jr. said. "I don't know about you guys, but that's pretty scary."
Trump Jr. then paused to let the crowd react and look at his notes but before he began speaking again, "AOC Sucks" was reverberating throughout the Van Andel Arena. He looked up, smiled, and then playfully chided the crowd.
"You guys, you're not very nice," he said. "And neither is what that policy would do to this country."
The Washington Post posted a clip of the exchange.
Trump Jr. was referring to the Green New Deal, a piece of environmental legislation introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats in February. Republicans have blasted the effort because it calls for drastic changes to the way Americans live their lives over the next decade.
Senate Majority Leader held a procedural vote on the Green New Deal this week, which failed 57-0. Nearly every Democrat voted "present," rather than giving a yes or not vote.
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