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Pete Hegseth calls out Ocasio-Cortez after Fox News is barred from her town hall event

And he says shows the evidence on air

Composite of photos by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images and DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Fox News host Pete Hegseth called out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) over a town hall event that barred him from attending, as well as other reporters from the cable news network.

He recounted on "Fox and Friends" how he was told that there was no room for him in the event when he tried to attend.

"I tried!" said Hegseth. "Listen when we saw this town hall was happening right in our own back yard we applied for media credentials and access to go to the event."

"Now the organizers," he continued, "this is what they had to say, I think we got the email, they said unfortunately, we are at a capacity and unable to credential any more media for this event, thanks for your request."

"They denied all access" to anyone from Fox News, he claimed.

Hegseth pointed out that he's a veteran, unlike many journalists, and would have a vested personal interest and stake in the topic she was speaking on, which was the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"I like to call her comrade Cortez," he joked.

As evidence that there was plenty of room for him and Fox News reporters, Hegseth played video from the Instagram account of Ocasio-Cortez that showed a mostly empty room at the event.

"You could land a chopper there!" joked Ed Henry.

Hegseth argued against Ocasio-Cortez on the issue of whether veterans should be forced to seek health care only at the Veterans Affairs, or if they should be allowed to seek private care if they need it.

"They are trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies," said Ocasio-Cortez about the issue, "they are trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations and, ultimately, they are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit health-care industry that does not put people or veterans first."

"She doesn't know what she's talking about," said Hegseth.

Watch Hegseth mocking Ocasio-Cortez:

Fox News Denied Access To AOC Town Hall On Veterans' Health Care www.youtube.com

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