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Ocasio-Cortez Responds To Debate Request From Right Wing Troll Ben Shapiro

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the popular New York Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, has called conservative commentator Ben Shapiro a man “with bad intentions” and likened his request to debate her to those of a catcaller.

On Thursday evening, Ocasio-Cortez shut down Shapiro’s request for a debate (read: opportunity to lambast her for being a Democratic socialist) that he had posed earlier in the day. In a video posted to his Twitter account, Shapiro egged her on by saying that a conservative figure finally wanted to talk with her about the issues, and tried to sweeten the deal (read: showboat) by offering her campaign $10,000.

“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”

Ocasio-Cortez is completely right in calling out Shapiro’s intentions. She has no reason to debate him, because she only has to answer to the people in the district who she’ll be representing. And yet, he still asked her to have a debate anyway, because he believes her lack of response equates to her not wanting to be challenged on her views. And so, yes, much like when a man yells innocuous-to-sexual statements at women on the street he doesn’t know, Shapiro’s thirsty request too comes from a place of entitlement.

Shapiro, of course, didn’t take Ocasio-Cortez’s response too well, saying she slandered him by calling him a sexist catcaller without evidence and showed “cowardice and bad intent” in her response.

Shapiro’s supporters and other conservatives didn’t see the analogy as clearly either, saying Ocasio-Cortez is weaponizing sexism and sexual harassment and doing a disservice to sexual harassment survivors. (And yet I’d guess that a Venn diagram of the people who have a problem with Ocasio-Cortez calling Shapiro a catcaller, and the people who don’t believe the women who’ve said they’ve been harassed and assaulted by Republican politicians, is a full circle.)

This post originally appeared on The Daily Dot

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Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.