New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a habit of likening someone offering to debate her with someone sexually harassing her.
The Federalist Papers reports:
When conservative commentator Ben Shapiro offered to debate her before her election she screeched that he was harassing her.
And now, after a disagreement with a fellow Democrat, her friend, Rep. Ilhan Omar stepped in to protect Ocasio-Cortez from debating.
It started when Democrat 2020 presidential candidate John Delaney said at the California Democrat Convention that he was not for Medicare For All.
“Medicare for all may sound good but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics,” he said to a chorus of boos from the progressive crowd.
“Since there’s so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over who‘s a “frontrunner,” maybe we can start w some general eliminations.
“This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute,” Ocasio-Cortez. “John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away.”
Since there’s so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over who‘s a “frontrunner,” maybe we can start w some general eliminations.
This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute.
John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away 👋🏽 https://t.co/0RDOwbfcgv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2019
“Hey @AOC, we have the same goal, universal healthcare for everyone, we just have different ways of getting there. Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so let’s debate the way forward.
“Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion,” Delaney said in a tweet, Fox News reported.
Hey @AOC, we have the same goal, universal healthcare for everyone, we just have different ways of getting there. Healthcare is the #1 issue for voters, so let’s debate the way forward. Any show of your choosing. Healthcare is too important for tweets, we need real discussion. https://t.co/LDrWa9sZQD
— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) June 3, 2019
Delaney told Fox News on Wednesday that “I’ve got nothing against her and I don’t think I’ve said a word about her since she’s been elected. And she basically told me to quit the race because she disagrees with my approach to create universal health care. So I simply said ‘if you feel this strongly about it, and since health care is the number one issue affecting the American people, why don’t we debate it.’”
After Ocasio-Cortez turned down his invitation to face off, Delaney said: “I was disappointed she didn’t do it because I think you’ve got to back your words up.”
And he warned that “intolerance to different ideas is part of the problem. And that is something I think that is getting very dangerous and concerning in the Democratic Party right now.”
He also argued that having a Democratic nominee who supports Medicare-for-all “makes it really hard” to defeat Republican President Trump in next year’s general election.
“In the Medicare for all bill, it makes private insurance illegal. And there’s 150 million Americans who have private insurance and most of them like it. And I think the Republicans are not going to be afraid to talk about this and they’re going to pound it over the American people’s heads and make them afraid that the Democrats are going to make them lose their health insurance, and tell them that they’ve got to go on a government website to get their health insurance,” he said.
Delaney touted his health care plan, highlighting it’s “the largest expansion of government health care since the creation of Medicare. It gives every single American health care as a right and they get it for free. But what it does also do is allow them if they want to have choices and keep their private insurance. And because of that difference, I’m being told to leave the debate.”
That is when Rep. Omar got in on the action and said “No means no” likening the offer to debate to a sexual assault.
No means no! https://t.co/fCRFprwSHk
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 5, 2019
Does anyone find it insane that any time someone offers to be @AOC on any issue she stands for, in this case a fellow Democrat, her and her friends want to liken it to sexuakl assault? Just say you have no idea what you are talking about and be done with it. https://t.co/Gpop4MPJ6V
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) June 6, 2019
He wants a debate, not sex….
— 🇺🇸 Deplorable Pet Lover 🇺🇸🐾 (@petluvers4Trump) June 6, 2019
Or in this case “No” means “I couldn’t possibly win a debate.”
— DUNCMAN #MAGA (@Kpduncan8) June 6, 2019
Interesting how everything they say can fit on a bumper sticker.
— Earl Gill (@ncpitman) June 5, 2019