When Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was challenged to a debate — for $10,000 toward her campaign — by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro on Wednesday, she tweeted Thursday that she it was an example of “catcalling.”
Shapiro clapped back, arguing that she’s accusing that “the Orthodox Jew … is ACKSHUALLY a sexist catcaller for asking for a discussion or debate.”
Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.
And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one. pic.twitter.com/rsD17Oq9qe— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 10, 2018
But sure, go with “the Orthodox Jew who has never catcalled a woman in his life is ACKSHUALLY a sexist catcaller for asking for a discussion or debate.” I’m sure your media sycophants will eat it up.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 10, 2018
The offer was presented on “The Ben Shapiro Show,” after he brought up how Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called Ocasio-Cortez “the future of the party,” the Hill reported. Shapiro said he would “love to have a real conversation” and suggested a one hour debate to discuss “all the topics under the sun.”
He also offered to donate the money to charity instead of the campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, won a historic upset victory against 10-term Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District in June.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t comment directly on the debate offer; rather, she tweeted Thursday evening in response to a post over her refusal to engage. She said she doesn’t “owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.”
This story "Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Shapiro of ‘Catcalling’" was written by Alyssa Fisher.