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.
The moron was trying to debate her while she was walking in a parade. Of course she’ll walk away, that’s what you do in parades.
— Nicholas Benya (@BenyaNbenya) June 9, 2019
Theyre reporting in bad faith. They know how parades work just fine. They are totally aware of the situation. Fully bad faith in action.
— Michael Zigelman (@MichaelZigelman) June 10, 2019
Hey Fox News. It’s a parade. You see, a parade is kinda like an escalator. Once you’re on and it starts moving, you’ve gotta go with the flow.
— J Thomas Madden (@JThomasMadden1) June 10, 2019
This is the kind of guy that tries to ask out women joggers while they are running!
— Travis DeCoster (@MyStupidTown) June 10, 2019
The whole story continued the trend of Republican men demanding that Ocasio-Cortez debate them.
BREAKING: The Pride parade ran away from me whilst I yelled “debate me” WHAT ARE THEY HIDING!?
— Jon K (@jon_k) June 10, 2019
“STOP THE PARADE SO I CAN DEBATE YOU” is peak right wing dork.
— Name cannot be blank (@Jezzerat) June 10, 2019
The “debate me” obsession with aoc is creepy af
— Wade (@TheVeritable) June 10, 2019
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 her. https://t.co/Lr2TCLVfPL As far as @hitn can report the CM didn’t speak with any other press either. #factsmatter https://t.co/h8iK5faRVA
— Gerson Borrero (@GersonBorrero) June 9, 2019
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.