Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly-minted Democratic congressional candidate from New York’s 14th district, has previously lamented that her opponents are afraid or unwilling to debate the issues with her. Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator, recently attempted to redress this grievance by offering to debate Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, going so far as to pledge to donate $10,000 to her campaign if she accepted.
She did not.
Shapiro saw that Democratic National Committee chairperson Tom Perez dubbed the young socialist the “future of the Democratic Party” before tweeting: “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. 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. We can have an hour-long conversation about all the topics under the sun, really probe your belief system.”
To which Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in reply: “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.” Catcalling? Bad intentions? Who is entitled? You did solicit that request, by bemoaning the fact that no one would debate you. You made a point of trolling and teasing people, the verbal equivalent of walking by male construction workers in a micro-bikini, and then acting incredulous when they responded. In a real sense, you acted as a typical bully, asking for it and then running and hiding when someone took you at your word.
If you believe that someone challenging you to a debate is “catcalling,” do you think being tested on your knowledge, perhaps in a college classroom (maybe by a male professor!), is rape?
Diane Feinstein, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, among others, have, incredibly, been re-elected to positions of power for decades on end. It is revolting and pathetic when the likes of Hillary Clinton The Older and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez The Younger-- in the big picture two of the most fortunate people on Earth—blame sexism/misogyny for the fact that their every wish, desire and belief doesn’t go unquestioned.
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