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Twitter exploded on Thursday after democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slandered Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro in response to the debate offer he extended to her earlier in the week, leading many prominent accounts to slam the 28-year-old bartender turned politician.
On Wednesday, Shapiro offered to donate $10,000 to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign 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.
Ocasio-Cortez refused to respond, but, moments after The Daily Wire published a report documenting her silence, she responded by slandering Shapiro:
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
Ocasio-Cortez’s response ignited Twitter and brought a significant amount of attention to the fact that she had ignored a debate request — something that her followers were probably not aware of unless they followed outlets like The Daily Wire or Fox News, which both covered the debate offer.
Here are some of the best and most thought-provoking responses to Ocasio-Cortez’s smear:
This is your brain on identity politics. By challenging her to debate, @benshapiro was actually treating her as an equal. She knows she'd lose, and she needs to posture for her SJW fans, so she declares herself a victim of "catcalling." Totally demented. https://t.co/o8viIeBAV4
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) August 10, 2018
Intersectionality means you don’t have to engage ideas. https://t.co/glktwHIsO1
— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) August 10, 2018
Huh? I've heard a lot of things about @benshapiro. But I am pretty sure he's never been accused of "catcalling" in his entire life.
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) August 10, 2018
You're equating political debate to sexual harassment? Oh. https://t.co/Alne3F17Kq
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) August 10, 2018
— Tiana Lowe (@TianaTheFirst) August 10, 2018
If Shapiro offered a man the same it would not be like catcalling. Can men not challenge women in the same manner they would men?
How can men and women work together in politics if a debate challenge is equated with catcalling? Should men not try to debate female politicians? https://t.co/7F92UNMXw2
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 10, 2018
Shapiro is challenging you to an intellectual debate.
Put your woman card away. It has no value here. https://t.co/XcJFcEfl6a
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) August 10, 2018
She knows she would lose. This is her only play. https://t.co/qwISm4Iw6b
— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) August 10, 2018
Note that if this were the other way around, she'd say Ben was SCARED. https://t.co/oeEYByO7mM
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 10, 2018
Wow. According to the "future of the Democratic Party,"
"I challenge you to a public debate" = "You want fries with that shake?" https://t.co/H9ASYMeSt1
— David Wood (@Acts17) August 10, 2018
No, it's not "just like catcalling."
— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) August 10, 2018
See, the problem for her is everyone knows @benshapiro would utterly humiliate her not only because her ideology is ridiculous but because she's no where near as smart.
But she is smart enough to try to hide the truth by telling her idiot followers nonsense. https://t.co/BSeFeIN7qX
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 10, 2018
Thanks a lot for setting women back a few decades with this Victorian BS. You are running for Congress — put the big girl pants on and stop hiding behind your lady parts. People want to hear you defend your positions, and voters in your district are entitled to that. https://t.co/blrsRxG4by
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) August 10, 2018
Ignore her, @RealSaavedra @benshapiro. She probably thinks ‘catcalling’ is a city in Azerbaijan; like ‘Wheeling’ in West Virginia and ‘Flushing’ in Michigan. She never knows what she’s talking about. She thinks Democrats went to the moon. They can’t even go to work. https://t.co/qWRhwCAtV6
— Imam Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) August 10, 2018
For one, this statement is the biggest disservice to women who want to be taken seriously in politics, but more importantly, you’re undermining women who have been sexually harassed. How dare you.
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) August 10, 2018
*Not just like catcalling https://t.co/mVWG8OX5se
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) August 10, 2018
Crying sexism in order to avoid a debate of ideas is not a feminism I want any part of.
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 10, 2018
"Let's have a debate. I'll even donate to your campaign."
"BAD FAITH RIGHT-WING RHETORIC" https://t.co/XX9ESCHxz8
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 10, 2018
— Daniella Greenbaum (@DGreenbaum) August 10, 2018
It’s not about “owing” a response. It’s about stepping up to the plate and defending your platform against someone who doesn’t agree with you. If by “bad intentions,” you mean @benshapiro wants to have a civil debate, then sure. How evil. https://t.co/ulb5L7HAYm
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) August 10, 2018
You know what's bad faith? Accusing conservatives of not wanting to debate you, then pretending @benshapiro sexually whistled at you… because he asked you to debate.
FYI my team has also asked you multiple times to come on my show & debate. And you won't. https://t.co/kTh7v4x64y
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 10, 2018