Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Trolls $10,000 Debate Offer by Ben Shapiro to ‘Catcalling’

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According to New York Times

It was an offer she could, in fact, refuse.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist from New York who scored a shocking primary victory over Representative Joseph Crowley in June, has since become a lightning rod for attacks from conservative circles.

The conservative scrutiny on Ms. Ocasio-Cortez took a strange turn this week when a popular conservative commentator and speaker, Ben Shapiro, challenged Ms. Ocasio-Cortez to a debate and offered to pay her campaign $10,000 in return.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who trounced Mr. Crowley, a longtime and powerful member of Congress from Queens, likened the offer to catcalling — the practice of whistling or making unwanted comments to women who pass by on the street.

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Social media soon erupted, with progressives rallying around her assessment that the proffer of money was misogynistic, and conservatives mocking Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s response as political correctness on steroids.Mr. Shapiro, a 34-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, was an editor at large at Breitbart News before founding the Daily Wire, a conservative news and opinion website. He also makes dozens of appearances on college campuses a year, challenging students on everything from transgenderism to Obamacare to affirmative action.

In a phone interview on Friday, Mr. Shapiro rejected that there was anything sexist about his offer, saying that he could see himself making a similar offer to an older, male ideological opponent.

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