Self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro’s debate or discussion offer on Thursday, just minutes after The Daily Wire published a report documenting her refusal to respond.
Shapiro offered to make a $10,000 donation to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign on Wednesday if she agreed to a debate or discussion on his Sunday Special — or, if she preferred, to use the debate to raise money for charity.
“Miss Ocasio-Cortez, I’m really excited that you’ve been elevated to that position and I would love to have a real conversation with you about the issues. You’ve noted that you think Republicans are afraid to debate you or talk to you or discuss the issues with you,” Shapiro said.
“Not only am I eager to discuss the issues with you, I’m willing to offer $10,000 to your campaign, today, for you to come on our Sunday special,” he continued. “We can have an hour long conversation about all the topics under the sun, really probe your belief system.”
In her response, Ocasio-Cortez accused Shapiro of being an “entitled” sexist “catcaller” who has “bad intentions.”
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
“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” she wrote. “And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”
Shapiro responded: “Discussion and debate are not ‘bad intentions.’ Slandering someone as a sexist catcaller without reason or evidence does demonstrate cowardice and bad intent, however.”
Discussion and debate are not “bad intentions.” Slandering someone as a sexist catcaller without reason or evidence does demonstrate cowardice and bad intent, however. https://t.co/kYaYuf0W43
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 10, 2018