Fox News Claims AOC Ran Away From Debate, Doesn’t Understand How Parades Work

Fox News and other right-wing news outlets are claiming that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “literally ran” away from a potential (but not likely) Republican political opponent after he introduced himself during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.

Rich Valdes, right-wing radio talk show producer and man largely responsible for the “Mark Levin Show,” was surprised when Ocasio-Cortez didn’t respond warmly to his challenging her to a “debate.”

Valdes claims that she “cut her handshaking short, jerked her hand back and jetted to the other side of the street.” A reasonable response any time a Republican “challenges” you to a “debate” but also fairly expected from someone who is attempted to walk in a parade.

“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.”

It’s almost like she was walking in a parade!

Ocasio-Cortez haters like the New York Post are also claiming that radio host Curtis Sliwa has an identical account of the incident in spite of it being completely different.

“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,” he said. That’s entirely different from her shaking Valdes’ hand for a moment before cutting it short when being asked for a “debate” from some rando.

Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesperson, treated the event with the gravity it deserves.

“She kept walking! The parade moved! It’s a procession! Give me a break.”

He also pointed out that AOC doesn’t owe anyone a debate. He didn’t point out that if AOC had to debate every random dude who demanded it of her, she wouldn’t have time to sleep, let alone do her job. Or that “debate me” is a tired ploy that right-wing men have used for years so that they can declare victory the moment the target rolls her eyes. Or that nobody even knows who this Valdes guy is.

Leave that to the commenters.

Keep spending your time trying to challenge AOC to a “debate,” guys. She’ll be busy working on her Green New Deal and getting the experience necessary to become President.