Boothe on Ocasio-Cortez Rejecting Shapiro's Request for Debate: She's 'Unable to Defend Her Policy Positions'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking criticism for comparing Ben Shapiro's debate challenge to "catcalling."
Shapiro tweeted a video on Wednesday offering to donate $10,000 to the democratic socialist congressional candidate's campaign if she comes on his program for an hour-long conversation "about all the topics under the sun."
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 8, 2018
Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez compared the offer to "catcalling" on Twitter.
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
"Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions," she wrote. "And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one."
Shapiro responded: "Discussion and debate are not 'bad intentions.' Slandering someone as a sexist catcaller without reason or evidence does demonstrate cowardice and bad intent, however."
Discussion and debate are not “bad intentions.” Slandering someone as a sexist catcaller without reason or evidence does demonstrate cowardice and bad intent, however. https://t.co/kYaYuf0W43
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 10, 2018
On "Outnumbered," Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe said Ocasio-Cortez doesn't want to debate Shapiro because she would be "eviscerated."
"When we've seen her pressed even in the slightest by Margaret Hoover and Trevor Noah, she was incapable and unable to defend her policy positions," Boothe said.
She added that immediately labeling something as sexist or racist is a common strategy from the left.
"I actually think that's a really negative thing for the country," Boothe said. "We should leave those sorts of terms for real cases of sexism, real cases of racism."
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