Conservative Jewish American commentator Ben Shapiro ripped into Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday after her comments claiming she has Jewish roots made headlines around the world.
Shapiro tweeted, “1. Yeah, ok.
2. So what, even if true? You’re pro-BDS.
3. Anyone who falls for this sort of pandering is a massive sucker.”
Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday, which was first reported in Haaretz, "[My family has] been doing a lot of family trees in the last couple of years. And one of the things a lot of people don’t know about Puerto Rico, and something we discovered ourselves, is that a long time ago, many generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.” The popular politician and rising star among U.S. progressives made the remarks while at a Hanukkah candle lighting in Queens.
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has found herself in Shapiro’s crosshairs, in August he offered offered $10,000 to a charity of Ocasio-Cortez’s choice or to her campaign if she took him up on his offer. He said the congressional candidate had accused Republicans of being afraid to debate, and here he was ready to debate.
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Shapiro’s challenge spurred a lot of “fight, fight, fight” from conservative Twitter, compiled here on the conservative website Twitchy.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting, “Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.”
JTA contributed to this article