The socialist superstar wasn’t ready for this…
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not have a ton more than platitudes and slogans which is why she runs from every debate.
And that is what she literally did when confronted by her potential 2020 opponent Rich Valdes when he challenged her to a debate.
He approached the 29-year-old representative at the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday in New York City and asked her to debate capitalism versus socialism.
But debating is not what Ocasio-Cortez had in mind as she stopped shaking hands and greeting parade goers and took off running from Valdes, The New York Post reported.
US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned tail on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to avoid a potential Republican challenger as they both marched in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, her political opponent said.
Talk-radio producer Rich Valdes told The Post that he tried to challenge the freshman Democratic congresswoman to a debate on the merits of capitalism versus socialism when he spotted her near West 47th Street.
But Ocasio-Cortez “cut her handshaking short, jerked her hand back and jetted to the other side of the street,” Valdes said.
“She literally ran!” he said.
“I thought this was a good time to try and get a response but I honestly only saw the back of her head as she trotted across the street.”
Valdes’ account was echoed by Guardian Angels founder and radio host Curtis Sliwa, who said the incident unfolded when Valdes approached the progressive firebrand about 12:30 p.m.
“As soon as she saw him she did a pirouette — a spin — and she ran north on Fifth Avenue, ahead of her delegation, just to get away from Rich,” Sliwa said.
“I heard Rich yelling after her, ‘OK, AOC. You can run — but you can’t hide!’” he said in a statement to The Post.
“She kept walking! The parade moved! It’s a procession! Give me a break,” her spokesman Corbin Trent said.
He said that the representative “doesn’t owe anybody a debate,” and his message to Valdes was “Tell him to run for office and she’ll debate him.”
In the spirit of “todos juntos” I tried to politely introduce myself to @RepAOC at the Puerto Rican parade where we we both marching, hoping to invite her to debate the issues, but she ran away. 🤷🏻♂️#NationalPuertoRicanDayParade #NYC 🇺🇸🇵🇷 https://t.co/URvkoG4uUu
— Rich Valdes 🇺🇸 (@RichValdes) June 9, 2019
Src: The Federalist Papers