Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro responded Friday to accusations by democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that he catcalled her in his debate challenge, arguing that she didn’t want to come across as being “afraid.”
In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Trish Regan, Shapiro was asked for his thoughts on his debate offer being compared to "catcalling" by the House candidate.
In a video posted Wednesday, in which Shapiro mocked Democratic National Committee chairperson Tom Perez for labeling the New York congressional candidate the “future of the Democratic Party,” he offered to donate $10,000 to her campaign if she accepted an offer to debate him.
On Friday Shapiro said there was "no question" that Ocasio-Cortez was playing the "victim card."
“And the fact that she feels the necessity to go to this particular card, right, to play the ‘I’m a female and therefore I’m being victimized, this is like catcalling’ … the fact [that] she goes there instead of just saying ‘You know, I’m not interested in debate,’" Shapiro continued, "the reason she didn’t say the latter is because she didn’t want to look like she was afraid.”