Greg Gutfeld and the panel on "The Five" reacted to New York democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turning down an offer from conservative author Ben Shapiro to debate him on the issues, with the added incentive of a $10,000 campaign contribution.

Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the offer as "catcalling."

"It turned into her claiming victim status," Shapiro said earlier on Fox News.

Gutfeld said that Ocasio-Cortez, who is heavily favored against Republican economics professor Anthony Pappas in the outer-borough New York City district, said such a debate would be difficult.

"She had to cloak her weak ideas in the armor of a smear," Gutfeld said. "It works... No one wants to be smeared."

Dan Bongino added that there is a "serious question" as to whether someone can successfully hold a debate with a leftist without being derogatorily called an "--phobe" or a "--ist."

He recalled his own run for Congressional office as a Republican for a House district in the Maryland panhandle as well as for U.S. Senate several years ago.

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"I ran for office. I lost. It's hard [to run a campaign," he said.

Richard Fowler said Ocasio-Cortez' purported gaffes have been saturating the media as of late and said that on the right, "you could run Corey Stewart memes all day" -- referring to the Trump-endorsed conservative Republican county chairman running against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

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