Social candidate has made several gaffes with press present

Ocasio-Cortez Defends Press Ban at Event: 'Wanted Residents To Feel Safe'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s reason for banning the press from last Sunday’s public town hall event left already concerned reporters even more baffled than before.

The New York Congressional candidate, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in June and is set to become the youngest woman elected to Congress, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to explain the reasoning behind her decision.

“Our community is 50% immigrant,” she tweeted. “Folks are victims of DV, trafficking, + have personal medical issues. This town hall was designed for residents to feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time. We indicated previously that it would be closed to press. Additionally, with this town hall non-story: it was designed to protect + invite vulnerable populations to PUBLIC discourse: immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, and so on. We indicated previously that the event would be closed to press. Future ones are open.”

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