- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2018

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday refused to debate conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro and compared the offer to catcalling.

“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Mr. Shaprio fired back at Ms. Ocasio-Cortez by accusing her of slandering him as a sexist catcaller.

After knocking out longtime Democratic incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in the primary, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez skyrocketed to fame. Democratic leaders have touted her as the future of the party. She’s appeared on the campaign trail promoting other candidates and standing alongside fellow democratic socialist Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent.

Mr. Shapiro posted his public appeal for the Democratic star to talk about “every topic under the sun” on his Sunday show.

A political commentator and host of his own podcast and YouTube shows, Mr. Shapiro is seen as a strong voice for younger conservatives. “The Ben Shapiro Show” is ranked among iTunes’ top 50 podcasts. 

“I would love to have a real conversation with you about the issues,” Mr. Shapiro said. “Not only am I eager to discuss the issues with you, I am willing to offer $10,000 to your campaign, today, for you to come on our Sunday special.”

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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