Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweeted That She Will Not Debate Ben Shapiro
Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28 anni, said late Thursday she will not agree to debate conservative commentator Ben Shapiro after the latter offered to give her campaign $10,000 to do so.
Mr. Shapiro offered the money during his radio show Wednesday, despite the fact that campaign finance laws stipulate that individual contributions must be capped at $2,700.
The offer gained traction on social media and Ocasio-Cortez — who edged Rep. Joe Crowley, who chairs the House Democratic caucus, in the June primary — responded via Twitter Thursday night, comparing the request to “catcalling:”
The Back Story
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is challenging Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate — and offered to pump $10,000 into her campaign to make it happen.
Mr. Shapiro’s contribution offer came during a segment of “The Ben Shapiro Show” Wednesday, when he needled Democratic National Committee head Tom Perez’s description of the political neophyte as “the future” of the party.
“You’ve noted that you think Republicans are afraid to debate you or talk to you or discuss the issues with you,” Mr. Shapiro said in his pitch. “Not only am I eager to discuss the issues with you, I’m willing to offer $10,000 to your campaign today for you to one on our Sunday special.”
If he followed through on the donation, it would put him at risk of a misdemeanor violation of Federal Election Campaign Act laws, which at the maximum would cost him a year in prison, the legal news site added.
As of Thursday afternoon, Mr. Ocasio-Cortez had not responded to the offer on Twitter, but late Thursday she Tweeted No she will not debate Mr. Shapiro
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