Leave it to Geraldo Rivera to reduce conservative commentator Ben Shapiro trying to hold the future of the Democratic Party, New York congressional nominee Alexander Ocasio-Cortez accountable for questionable comments to little more than “stalking.”
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 12, 2018
Rivera’s natural affinity for anyone who shares the same shade of skin as him could factor in his display of chivalry.
Surely, it can’t be because Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described democratic socialist, can it?
Shapiro offered to debate the socialist former bartender for $10,000, but she played the sexism card in replying — a common occurrence with Ocasio-Cortez — comparing his offer to “catcalling.”
The thing is, given Ocasio-Cortez’s record of endorsing other candidates, Shapiro is better off letting her operate without so much scrutiny.
Even though she has yet to be elected to office — a fair certainty — Ocasio-Cortez has been using her celebrity status in the party to travel the country and stump for other Democrats. Three out of five candidates she backed lost in Tuesday’s election.
The last lucky recipient of her stamp of approval, a fellow democratic socialist from Hawaii, Kaniela Ing, drew a miserable 6% in Saturday’s Democrat primary.
The #HI01 primary was rough for the left. Not only did DSA/AOC-backed Kaniela Ing lose, the winner — in a safe blue seat — was Ed Case, a centrist former congressman who supported the Iraq War.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 12, 2018
Media: “Dems are becoming Socialists because of Ocasio-Cortez!”
Most liberal state in the country: “Lol we’re sending Ed Case back to Congress.” pic.twitter.com/khoiBk3rnp
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) August 12, 2018
Back to Geraldo Rivera, social media users have little patience for him when he takes off-the-wall stances on issues.
Given the way he is eviscerated online, one might think that Rivera would be more selective about what he decides to wade into.
Here’s a sampling of responses to defense of Ocasio-Cortez from Twitter:
A debate challenge isn’t “catcalling.”
Mocking her for saying it is isn’t “stalking.”
Words have meaning.
When did you lose your mind?
— Dave (@PresbyPolemics) August 12, 2018
Probably time to consider retirement Geraldo.
— Stephen Ganschow (@SGanschow) August 13, 2018
Geraldo stick to opening safes…..
— Anthony Workman (@niner262000) August 13, 2018
It obviously wasn’t Geraldo because you wouldn’t recognize righteousness if it sat next to you..
— Steve Steve (@NWHouston) August 12, 2018
— RALPH BENSON (@1984BENSON) August 12, 2018
Is this how you’re trying to stay relevant? It’s not working. Try again.
— Christian Argyle (@ChristianArgyle) August 13, 2018
Yes what does a bartender have to fear when it comes to debating a Harvard Law Graduate……
— Jonathon Prieston #FilmExiles (@j0nath0npr1e5t0) August 12, 2018
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