Ben Shapiro, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spar after he offers $10,000 to debate her democratic socialist beliefs
Ben Shapiro wants to have a discussion with Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Conservative commentatorBen Shapiro challenged democratic socialistAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate, offering to donate $10,000 to her campaign if she accepted -- but it triggered a sparring match online.
Shapiro initially tweeted a video on Wednesday in which he mocked Democratic National Committee chairperson Tom Perez for calling Ocasio-Cortez, a New York congressional candidate, the future of the Democratic Party,before issuing his challenge.
Miss Ocasio-Cortez, Im really excited that youve been elevated to that position and I would love to have a real conversation with you about the issues. Youve noted that you think Republicans are afraid to debate you or talk to you or discuss the issues with you, Shapiro said.
Not only am I eager to discuss the issues with you, Im willing to offer $10,000 to your campaign, today, for you to come on our Sunday special, he continued. We can have an hour long conversation about all the topics under the sun, really probe your belief system.
Shapiro said he would also debate Ocasio-Cortez for charity.
However you want to do it, I am more than willing to talk to you, Shapiro said. Lets make this happen.
Shapiro, Daily Wire editor-in-chief, said that he wants to make America a more civil and interesting place, and feels a conversation with Ocasio-Cortez could do just that.
Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez compared Shapiro's offer to "catcalling" on Twitter.
"Just like catcalling, I dont 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."
Shapiro responded: "Discussion and debate are not 'bad intentions.' Slandering someone as a sexist catcaller without reason or evidence does demonstrate cowardice and bad intent, however."
Ocasio-Cortezs unanticipated victory over veteran Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary over Crowley's New York seat put her in a national spotlight earlier this year.
Ocasio-Cortez lit up social media on Wednesday night when she appeared on CNNs Cuomo Prime Time and stumbled when discussing Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House minority leader.
This is painful. Its Miss South Carolina on maps bad, Shapiro tweeted in response to her interview.
Ocasio-Cortezs talk with Cuomo isnt her first media appearance to whip up criticism since her upset victory over Crowley. She has struggled to explain how many of her platforms -- such as Medicare for all and a federal jobs guarantee -- would be funded.
Still, she has emerged as a liberal darling since bursting onto the scene though not everyone is a fan.
The one thing Ive learned in my lifetime is that weve got to get to the middle before we start pushing things in other directions. Weve gotta get to the middle, and they have to sit down and decide how to do things, Black said when asked if Ocasio-Cortez provides a glimmer of hope.
Fox News' Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.