Ben Shapiro is the son of a Hollywood TV executive and a composer who grew up in affluent Los Angeles neighborhoods. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the child of working-class parents who grew up in the Bronx.
Shapiro is a conservative pundit who attended the best schools his parents' money and connections could buy. AOC is a Democratic Socialist who attended the best schools her academic achievements offered her.
So, of course, Shapiro is now giving the working poor advice on how to make more money, stating:
"If you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table, you probably shouldn't have taken the job that's not paying you enough. That'd be a you problem."
Ben Shapiro: "If you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table, you probably… https://t.co/8AHgGnE27V— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1565801007.0
AOC, on the other hand, has experienced being the working poor then campaigned and was elected to represent New York in Congress, and so schooled Shapiro in the best way, providing some much-needed perspective on Shapiro's warped worldview.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:
"One of the most manipulative tactics plutocrats use is convincing people that the systemic issues we face are [due to] character flaws instead of policy flaws."
"Working people aren’t dumb or inferior; nor are they why insulin costs $300 or huge co’s pay starvation wages."
One of the most manipulative tactics plutocrats use is convincing people that the systemic issues we face are a cha… https://t.co/TgAp3cpmMM— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1565819312.0
are due to**— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1565819555.0
People who have worked quickly corrected Shapiro's misconceptions of how the world outside of extreme wealth works.
@cmclymer While at private prep HS on scholarship, as a foster kid living on my own (was provided housing, SNAP & c… https://t.co/691xy4VKCu— Alby Baby Yoda Adoption Services (@Alby Baby Yoda Adoption Services)1565823184.0
@adamcbest @AOC Rich person hating on the poor? Pretty standard @GOP I'd say.— Prufrock (@Prufrock)1565878187.0
@adamcbest @Lee_in_Iowa @AOC Optimism is looking forward to a time when honest work will b rewarded by a decent liv… https://t.co/FNULDZxKGa— Supriya Pal (@Supriya Pal)1565879411.0
@AOC Ben Shapiro is mad at life cuz he was born Ben Shapiro.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1565819548.0
@AOC MT @TomthunkitsMind IT'S ARITHMETIC: @RepKatiePorter challenged big bank CEO Jamie Dimon to pay his workers a… https://t.co/hKJn4nBhYt— H. Eric Loewe (@H. Eric Loewe)1565822858.0
While others exposed Shapiro for who he is and what he represents. Although some were unaware that Shapiro started off rich then used that privileged lifestyle to create his own niche.
@AOC What’s infuriating about Ben Shapiro talking down to working-class folks is that he got rich peddling hate and… https://t.co/thrmOKuE3N— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1565821965.0
Ben Shapiro runs an organization that devotes itself to spreading hateful and bigoted content: https://t.co/aqbyru8eYQ— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1565838055.0
Ben Shapiro is the child of a television studio executive and film composer and grew up in Hollywood as a private s… https://t.co/8336chGGve— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1565822626.0
I mean... Shapiro is a consummate hack. We’re maybe five years away—if that—from Shapiro being like: “I was totally… https://t.co/9TbngkG6Ju— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1565823304.0
I'm fairly sure that the closest Ben Shapiro has ever been to a minimum wage job is the violin teacher his parents… https://t.co/RvjZbijrLX— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1565834904.0
Even Twitter seemed to diss Shapiro by choosing a photo of him posing with embattled White supremacist Representative Steve King while both men were trending on Twitter for not good reasons.
lmao this is the pic twitter used for the ben shapiro trending topic https://t.co/d5rb8TudRX— jordan (@jordan)1565815598.0
As with most women who give Shapiro pushback, he asked AOC to come on his program and "debate him."
@JP3988 @Nsspartan77 @johniadarola @AOC lmao yah if he actually "debated" anyone. all he does is talk fast & make c… https://t.co/U5sinPhyCu— C32H39NO2 (@C32H39NO2)1565886836.0
Talking over another person is not a debate, so like most people, AOC declined the latest Shapiro attempt at getting a public figure on his show.
However people were treated to a Shapiro debate in a setting he did not control when he spoke via satellite to a conservative journalist at the BBC in England to promote his latest book.
You can watch the results here.
The book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right is available here.