Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out by her rival Michelle Caruso-Cabrera after she ordered that journalists and audience members get out of the room before she took the stage to debate. Caruso-Cabrera shared her criticism of AOC through a tweet.

“At tonight’s Parkchester Times debate, in behavior more appropriate for a temperamental princess than an elected Member of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded that reporters and audience members leave the room before she took the stage. She left the residents of the 14th District with a malfunctioning Facebook feed that could scarcely be heard. AOC is clearly in favor of censorship.”

Caruso-Cabrera is a former TV reporter who is now challenging AOC in the Democratic primary, which will be held on Tuesday for the 14th congressional district of New York. Caruso posted photos and a video that supposedly showed what had happened during the event. It showed the journalist being asked to go out upon the request of AOC.

She accused AOC of being like a petulant child who refused to go out until her conditions were met. The campaign team of Ocasio-Cortez claimed that they were just trying to follow the New York state COVID-19 restrictions to prevent the spreading of the disease. They cited that the state mandates there should not be more than 10 people in the room. They also claimed that they were happy to have reporters there.

But Caruso-Cabrera is unconvinced by the excuse. It seems that AOC does not want people to see her performance during the debate because it is likely that she would say something uninformed or downright stupid. The primary will determine the nominee for Bronx and Queens district. The seat is blue and is unlikely to change and whoever wins the primary will likely become the representative for the areas.

Some are seriously questioning AOC’s ability to win on her own in a debate. She has always relied on making controversial statements to catch the attention of the media but she has yet to give evidence of her strength when debating a highly informed opponent.