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According to Talk-radio producer Rich Valdes, the Democratic congresswoman fled through a crowd of people at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday in New York City.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reportedly ‘ran away’ from her Republican challenger during a rally on Sunday to avoid an interview.
Valdes reportedly tried to challenge AOC to a debate on the merits of capitalism versus socialism when he spotted her near West 47th Street.
Valdes said she ‘cut her handshaking short, jerked her hand back and jetted to the other side of the street.’
Guardian Angels founder and radio host Curtis Sliwa also saw the alleged incident and said AOC ‘did a pirouette’ to get away from Valdes.
‘I heard Rich yelling after her, “OK, AOC. You can run — but you can’t hide!”‘
— Catherine Kovacs (@madarkamadarka) June 11, 2019
Valdes Hopes to Engage ‘AOC’ in a Socialism vs. Capitalism Debate
Socialism versus capitalism dichotomy is a battle that has been raging throughout political conversations in America recently. Valdes hopes to capitalize on that dichotomy in order to take AOC down in the upcoming 2020 election.
@RepAOC’s spox @corbintrent had some choice words for me in a tweet he’s since deleted. Not sure if he’s on Congressional staff, campaign staff or a volunteer but he gave a comment to @nypost on her behalf and lied. Not a good look. @AOC. pic.twitter.com/cIQxSbixh7
— Rich Valdes ?? (@RichValdes) June 11, 2019
“I believe in capitalism over socialism. Her misguided policies don’t represent the district,” Valdes told a crowd at a Queens GOP meeting, according to The New York Post. “She’s great at fundraising but not at constituent services. Ask around, most constituents don’t think climate change is a number one issue,” he added.
Ocasio-Cortez has touted her “democratic socialist” label time and time again, but according to a MSNBC interview in February she told Chuck Todd that it is possible to be a capitalist and a democratic socialist at the same time.
“It’s really about a more nuanced understanding of how our economy should work,” she said in the interview.
Valdes Said AOC Means ‘All Out Crazy’
During the same meeting with the GOP group in Queens where Valdes called Ocasio-Cortez “misguided” in her policy proposals, Valdes took a card from President Trump’s book and gave AOC a new nickname.
Valdes told the crowd that AOC stands for “All Out Crazy,” instead of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“AOC – All Out Crazy – wants to establish the new Soviet Republic. I believe in capitalism over socialism,” Valdes told the crowd, according to The New York Post.
— WMGOP (@GOP_WM) June 11, 2019
Valdes also claimed that he speaks better Spanish than AOC. Defending himself against the accusations of him being a carpetbagger – a political candidate who seeks to represent the people of a geographic location where the candidate does not have any local connectinos – Valdes said he is seen more by people in her district than Ocasio-Cortez is.
“People see me and they say ‘wow’ we see you more than we see her!” he said. “That’s interesting for a carpetbagger.”
“I know I speak better Spanish than her,” Valdes added.
According to Newsweek, Ocasio-Cortez is a 29-year-old who was born in the Bronx and whose parents are both Puerto Rican.
Valdes Said AOC Ran Away From Him During the Puerto Rican Day Parade
Valdes told The New York Post that AOC cut her handshaking short once she spotted him and ran across the street to avoid any conversation with her potential opponent.
Ocasio-Cortez “cut her handshaking short, jerked her hand back and jetted to the other side of the street,” Valdes said.
Valdes was tyring to engage her in a conversation about the merits of capitalism versus socialism.
“I thought this was a good time to try and get a response but I honestly only saw the back of her head as she trotted across the street,” Valdes said.
His claim was backed up radio host Curtis Sliwa.
“As soon as she saw him, she did a pirouette — a spin — and she ran north on Fifth Avenue, ahead of her delegation, just to get away from Rich,” Sliwa said. “I heard Rich yelling after her, ‘OK, AOC. You can run — but you can’t hide!’”
Ocasio-Cortez’s Office Denied She Ran Away From Valdes
After Valdes made his claim about Ocasio-Cortez running away from him in the middle of the Purto Rican Day Parade, he provided photos to The New York Post.
A spokesman from the Ocasio-Cortez administration denied the accusations.
— Rae (@gangstahgandalf) June 11, 2019
“She kept walking! The parade moved! It’s a procession! Give me a break,” he told The New York Post.
Trent also mentioned that AOC “doesn’t owe anybody a debate.”
“Tell him to run for office and she’ll debate him,” he added.
Valdes may just get his wish if he gains momentum prior to the 2020 election.
AOC Is Seen as Unfavorable According to a March Gallup Poll
Newsweek reported that a March Gallup Poll had Ocasio-Cortez with an unfavorable rating of 41 percent and a favorable rating of 31 percent.
AOC responded by saying she has a higher approval rating with women, minorities and people aged 18-34.
“If you want to know what subconscious bias looks like, it’s a headline saying ‘AOC is underwater with every group EXCEPT women, nonwhites, and 18-34-year-olds.’ So older, conservative white men are considered ‘everyone’ and everyone else is discounted as an exception,” she tweeted in response to a now deleted tweet.
She also said Fox News’ constant coverage of her has influenced these polls.
Hmm. A couple of House vets have led the fight for the 9/11 survivors for years.
AOC rallies for 9/11 compensation fund, Congress expected to back bill: https://t.co/quqJuNHvW8
AOC ‘runs away’ from opponent Rich Valdes at Puerto Rican Day Parade: https://t.co/dpfThNYJjf
— Michael Benjamin (@SquarePegDem) June 11, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Republican Rich Valdes aims to challenge freshman congresswoman in 2020
- He claims he attempted to debate her on the merits of Communism on Sunday
- The pair were both at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City