Democratic socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running for a House district seat in New York, has been a lightning rod in American politics since her candidacy first took off. (Time will tell whether or not she’s a flash in the pan.)

But after a number of instantly classic gaffes — such as her view that unemployment is so low in the Trump economy because people are working “two jobs” — she’s grabbed more attention than she bargained for, perhaps.

Editor Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire, for example, riffed on a CRTV faux interview with Allie Beth Stuckey in his own satirical take on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s awkward interviews.

And Shapiro offered her a challenge earlier this week: If she would appear with him for a one-hour discussion on his podcast, “Ben Shapiro Sunday Special,” he would donate $10,000 to her congressional campaign — or she could use the debate as a vehicle to donate to charity.

Ryan Saavedra of The Daily Wire tweeted about the $10,000 challenge to the Democratic candidate, noting she had so far refused to accept it.

And then Ocasio-Cortez responded: “Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.

The tweet skyrocketed by Thursday night, garnering over a 118,000 “likes” within 12 hours.

It’s obvious why: She drew an unflattering analogy to being tweeted.

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Liz Wheeler, a One America News host, fired back:

And Free Beacon reporter Natalie Johnson had her own fiery retort.

Erielle Davidson, a contributor to Townhall and The Federalist, gave a fierce rebuttal.

Allie Beth Stuckey also weighed in on the matter.

Ben Shapiro issued his own blunt response.

If this is the direction the Democratic Party is taking, expect Ocasio-Cortez to remain a rising star for all the wrong reasons.

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It’s not just that she is prone to extravagant language. She also appears to have little grasp of how to defend her ideas in the face of intellectual opposition.

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Ben Shapiro, CC BY-SA 2.0, Cropped/Collage, Gage Skidmore)