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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Compares Ben Shapiro’s Bad-Faith Debate Offer to Catcalling

A Twitter feud between conservative commentator Ben Shapiro and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ignited Thursday night when Shapiro posted a video inviting Ocasio-Cortez to a live debate on the Ben Shapiro Show, a fancy name for his Soundcloud podcast.

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The video—which offers a $10K donation to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign (or the charity of her choice, as he later offered) in exchange for her participation—comes one day after Ocasio’s highly criticized appearance on CNN Wednesday night, where she stumbled on her words while answering a question about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In response to the slip up, Shapiro wrote a tweet comparing Ocasio’s CNN appearance to Miss Teen South Carolina’s infamous response to an education-related question in 2007.

Initially, Ocasio-Cortez ignored the debate offer. But when Ryan Saavedra, a reporter from The Daily Wire (where Shapiro is editor-in-chief) tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez was refusing to respond, she got involved, comparing the $10K offer to catcalling.

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“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, likely citing Shaprio’s criticism of her appearance on CNN and sparking a massive Twitter debate.

“Hey, girl — want to have a public one-hour discussion on the intricacies of trade policy, deficit spending, and the value of the profit motive? I’ll even donate a bunch of money to charity or your campaign to make it happen.” — Construction worker in Queens, apparently,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter. Meanwhile, Saavedra retweeted a statement from Red White and F You host Mindy Robinson, which attacked Ocasio-Cortez’s physical appearance.

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Twitter, naturally, is divided. Some users characterize Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s catcalling metaphor as one for the ages, while others say the comparison is groundless.

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