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.In a Twitter post on Thursday night, she roundly rejected his proposal. “
I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” she said. “And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”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.