FLASHBACK: Ocasio-Cortez Accused Primary Opponent of 'Avoiding a Debate'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently rejected Ben Shapiro's Twitter request for a debate and dismissed the challenge as "catcalling," but tweets from several months ago show the Democratic Socialist congressional candidate using a similar strategy against her primary opponent.
Shapiro tweeted a video on Wednesday offering to donate $10,000 to Ocasio-Cortez'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."
A tweet from May, however, shows Ocasio-Cortez taking matters into her own hands to get her primary opponent, incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, agree to a debate with her.
My opponent seems to be avoiding a debate, and isn’t acknowledging me. It’s just the 2 of us.
So weekend I stopped by his office, said hello, & asked for a debate in person.
I am the 1st Congressional challenger in 14 years. The Bronx and Queens deserve to know their options. pic.twitter.com/RPVwXyn3Kc
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) May 17, 2018
"My opponent seems to be avoiding a debate, and isn’t acknowledging me. It’s just the 2 of us. So weekend I stopped by his office, said hello, & asked for a debate in person," Ocasio-Cortez wrote alongside a photo of her at Crowley's campaign office.
Ocasio-Cortez went after Crowley again a month later, saying she was "disappointed" when he failed to show up to a community debate.
I am disappointed that Rep. Crowley has failed to show up for the second time to a community debate.
The 1st time was an empty chair. Excuse was that he wasn’t in town.
The 2nd time he sent a surrogate. Except he tweeted photos of himself 5 subway stops away just this morning. https://t.co/XeOdMyAViW
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 19, 2018
Erielle Davidson, a contributor to The Federalist, said Ocasio-Cortez was willing to engage in dialogue in May, but several months later she has changed her tune.
"I think what it comes down to is she's probably just scared that Ben Shapiro might be able to out-debate her," Davidson said. "She doesn't want to be in a situation where she's going to be challenged."
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