Noted conservative speaker Ben Shapiro challenged Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate. As you can imagine, the liberal pop star declined. She even insulted Shapiro’s offer and slandered him. It didn’t end well for her.
Ben Shapiro is a well-known conservative writer and speaker. In recent years he, along with several other popular conservatives, has been making waves on college campuses. His talks and debates about conservative values have made an impact on students across the country. Naturally, the left is terrified.
When Shapiro appears at an event to speak, there is often trouble. Not from Ben, of course. Antifa and other left-wing groups protest his appearance, with their demonstrations sometimes getting dangerous. One famous case even exposed Antifa’s attempts at getting violent and using weapons.
It’s clear the left is threatened by Shapiro. His ability to articulate conservative ideas has the potential of destroying their socialist-infused propaganda.
Enter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This New York Democrat has gotten ample media attention after winning a primary. Her stunning victory over Joe Crowley sent shockwaves through the party. Her far-left views (such as Medicare for all and the abolition of ICE) are now being adopted by more and more Democrats. To their demise.
Ben Shapiro, eager to discuss Ocasio-Cortez’s ideas in an open forum, invited her to a debate. Knowing how reluctant some liberals are to debate these days (can’t imagine why), he offered to contribute a whopping $10,000 to her or a charity.
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) August 8, 2018
Normally, you shouldn’t have to spend so much money to get someone to debate with you. Once upon a time, political figures debated all the time. It was a popular way to share your views and contrast them with someone from another party.
These days? Debates are a rarity. Not because conservatives are so afraid, but all too often, Democrats refuse to take them up on their offers. Conservative figures like Candace Owens, Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, and Milo Yiannopoulous frequently challenge political opponents to debate. They are nearly always turned down.
Some might speculate it’s because they are too afraid to go toe-to-toe with conservative thinkers. To his credit, Bernie Sanders has debated Ted Cruz over health care. But few others are bold enough to do the same.
Word got around that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned down Shapiro’s offer. In order to avoid the obvious backlash, the socialist put out this response.
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
Wow. Talk about playing the gender card. A well-known (and well respected) conservative simply wants to debate her. An up-and-coming politician like Ocasio-Cortez should be eager to take on Shapiro. Yet she turns him down.
That’s perfectly fine. Perhaps she is too busy. Perhaps she just doesn’t want to do it. But catcalling? Really? Shapiro is a decent man. A family man. His offer was professional. Where in all the news was there catcalling?
It’s clear that Ocasio-Cortez is hiding behind bogus feminist accusations and identity politics to avoid a debate. And plenty of people online noticed.
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
— 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
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
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
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
The responses were not pretty. But it’s just par for the course for Ocasio-Cortez. After receiving so much media attention, Americans discovered she wasn’t the luminary the left made her out to be. The irony is, because of her bogus response to Shapiro’s offer, far more people discovered the story. Including her sheltered followers.
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. [Source: Daily Wire]
So what was the real reason Ocasio-Cortez refused to debate Shapiro? We don’t know for sure. A politician has every right to turn a request down. But let’s be honest. Her vicious and slanderous response speaks volumes of her intentions.
A debate with Shapiro would have cast a huge light on her campaign, much larger than the one she has. After all, many conservatives who follow Ben would have watched. It would have given her a prime opportunity to share her views and agenda.
Instead, she compares Ben’s professional request (and extremely generous offer) as catcalling. She said he had “bad intentions.” That tweet says more about her than it does Shapiro. A reasonable Democrat would respond appropriately. Perhaps even agree to a debate. Let’s see what Alexandria does next. I’m not holding my breath.