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


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.

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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