Former New York City council and lifelong Democrat, Rev. Ruben Diaz, blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez amid a growing list of Democrats who have turned their backs on the socialist Rep and thrown support behind New York Republicans.
Ocasio-Cortez was recently heckled by her own constituents for her radical agenda during a recent town hall event where a Q&A session was held.
“You’re a coward. You’re a progressive socialist? You have done nothing,” one speaker shouted.
“Tulsi Gabbard has shown guts where you’ve shown cowardice. I believed in you and you became the very thing you sought to fight against,” he added.
Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. chimed in with his disdain for AOC and her socialist policies.
“She lost me a long time ago when she opposed the 25,000 jobs that Amazon wanted to bring to New York,” he said.
Diaz said AOC’s opposition to Amazon was one reason he decided to support her Republican challenger Tina Forte.
Diaz also highlighted the anti-police and open-border stances Acassio-Cortez has taken in recent years.
“[Progressives] were releasing criminals into the street, favoring the open borders, allowing all kinds of people to come through the borders without checking. She opposes the police officers in the subways…” he added.
Diaz told Fox News that Hispanics are walking away from AOC and looking to her opponent.
“The Hispanic community – I’m a Hispanic – we are turning. We are turning, and we are fed up,” he said.
“We are asking everyone to vote for Tina Forte… even though I am a Hispanic, I am asking the Hispanic community, my parishioners, my fellow ministers to vote for Tina Forte…”
Diaz added that he is “definitely” supporting Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., in the tightening gubernatorial face-off with Gov. Kathy Hochul.
He added that he is also championing other Hispanics to support Zeldin at the polls.
“I believe that Lee Zeldin will be our next governor, and Tina Forte will be our next congresswoman,” he said.