A Conservative talk radio producer from New Jersey and potential challenger against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is accusing the congresswoman of running away from him during New York City's annual Puerto Rico Day parade, according to the New York Post.
Rich Valdes spotted Ocasio-Cortez on 47th street and Fifth Avenue, shaking hands. He says she cut her handshaking short upon spotting him when he tried to debate her about the benefits of capitalism over socialism.
Ocasio-Cortez isn't known for backing down from any exchange of ideas, so people were skeptical of Valdes.
They also pointed out one important feature of parades that could be the culprit.
@revrrlewis Theyre reporting in bad faith. They know how parades work just fine. They are totally aware of the situ… https://t.co/d5JtImWynd— Michael Zigelman (@Michael Zigelman) 1560172698.0
@revrrlewis Hey Fox News. It's a parade. You see, a parade is kinda like an escalator. Once you're on and it starts… https://t.co/mM3nKv7Emv— J Thomas Madden (@J Thomas Madden) 1560173351.0
@revrrlewis @ParkerMolloy This is the kind of guy that tries to ask out women joggers while they are running!— Travis DeCoster (@Travis DeCoster) 1560173228.0
The whole story continued the trend of Republican men demanding that Ocasio-Cortez debate them.
@revrrlewis @ParkerMolloy BREAKING: The Pride parade ran away from me whilst I yelled “debate me” WHAT ARE THEY HIDING!?— Jon K (@Jon K) 1560173193.0
@revrrlewis @maltyhops "STOP THE PARADE SO I CAN DEBATE YOU" is peak right wing dork.— Over the Jezzer and Through the Woods (@Over the Jezzer and Through the Woods) 1560174727.0
@revrrlewis The “debate me” obsession with aoc is creepy af— Wade (@Wade) 1560172782.0
An eyewitness set the record straight.
This story is not true. @AOC sprinted part or all of f the @PRparadeNYC route. This clip is me trying to catch… https://t.co/9Oor4SCAJg— Gerson Borrero (@Gerson Borrero) 1560123030.0
In an Instagram story posted before the Post published the story, Ocasio-Cortez explained why she'd been running through the parade.
Ocasio-Cortez's post read:
"Papparazzi kept jumping the barricades and blocking our banner...It was getting so ridiculous that the parade goers couldn't see us, and I couldn't see and say hello to people! So I just busted out and started running, hoping to get some breathing room and say hi to people before they caught up!"
Valdes might want to focus on moving to New York rather than trying to pick a petty fight with AOC. He's fighting well above his weight.