Ocasio-Cortez Declines Ben Shapiro Debate Offer

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El Sayed campaigns with support from New York Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio Cortez at a rally on the campus of Wayne State University

The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was almost unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York's Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives.

To be expected, social media had a field day with the tweet, which seemingly cast Ocasio-Cortez's "catcalling" allegations in a hypocritical light.

In recent days Whitmer had leaned in to her front-runner status, refusing to mention her primary opponents on the campaign trail and admonishing campaign crowds to not take anything for granted.

The progressive left movement vaulted into the national spotlight by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in June suffered a series of setbacks at the hands of Democratic establishment-backed candidates across the Midwest on Tuesday. Slotkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst in Iraq who served in the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, is a third-generation Michigander who has said she entered the race after being enraged by Republican attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Shapiro, 34, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was an editor-at-large at Breitbart News before founding the Daily Wire, a conservative news and opinion website. But she was an outspoken advocate for women's issues long before the January 2017 Women's Marches and #MeToo era, publicly disclosing during a 2013 legislative debate on health insurance coverage for abortions that she had been raped in college.

Lewinsky, who knows from trouble and male attention, weighed in by calling Ocasio-Cortez a "badass". "Slandering someone as a sexist catcaller without reason or evidence does demonstrate cowardice and bad intent, however".

"I would offer Bernie Sanders $50,000 to debate, absolutely", he said, referring to the Vermont senator.

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And then it was Shapiro's turn to get weird: He advanced his Orthodox Judaism as a defense against intimations that he was harassing her, when "challenging you to a debate is not harassment" would have worked just fine.

Shapiro addressed himself as an "Orthodox Jew" who has never "catcalled" a woman in his life. "They told me I wouldn't be welcome here".

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, declined to respond to Shapiro. Following her victory, Ocasio-Cortez came to MI to campaign with El-Sayed, as did Vermont Sen.

Ocasio-Cortez did not have to reply: No one expects a candidate to debate non-candidates, and her from-the-left appeal is based much more on getting out the vote than it is on persuading undecided independents or hostile conservatives.

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Crowley for his decision to remain on the Working Families Party line in the general election, despite the party asking Crowley to vacate it. And she touted her experience during her victory speech in Detroit.

But Crowley, in his own Twitter post, said that there was no easy way to remove himself from the ballot. "I've made my support for you clear and the fact that I'm not running".

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