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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.

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