If there’s one thing you can say about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s that she doesn’t tolerate bullies. For those of you who don’t know, Ocasio-Cortez is the 28 year old Latina of Puerto Rican descent who defeated 10 term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley to represent New York’s 14th district. She also advocates for Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, paid family leave, and free college tuition. Although many critics are calling her policy proposals radical, she’s calling them by a different name: the idea that humans should have a decent standard of living.
Like any young female newcomer in her field, critics have come after her for her age, upbringing, ethnicity, looks, and intelligence. But what’s great about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is that she doesn’t tolerate bullies. Here are 20 examples of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shutting down her haters:
1. When she refused to entertain bad-faith debate proposals
Alexandria’s time is not for people who are just going to waste it. Case in point: conservative pundit and provocateur Ben Shapiro. Shapiro publicly offered Ocasio $10,000 to sit down and have a political debate with him. Recognizing the publicity stunt for what it was, she ignored his request. But Shapiro and his followers didn’t like this answer, and made their disapproval clear on social media. Alexandria responded with this incredible comeback: “Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.” Burn.