“Yo @RichValdes what in the actual f--- makes you think you’re entitled to a debate with AOC,” spokesman Corbin Trent tweeted Sunday at the conservative talk radio producer who’s mulling a run against the freshman congresswoman.
Earlier that day, Valdes said he tried to challenge Ocasio-Cortez to a debate on the merits of capitalism versus socialism as they both marched in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Valdes claims the democratic socialist “jetted to the other side of street” when he tried to approach her.
Trent told The Post after the missed encounter that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t run away from Valdes, and that she “doesn’t owe anybody a debate.”
But he wanted to send Valdes a direct message too.
“Pro tip: stalking her at a parade ain’t gonna make it any more likely to happen,” Trent said to Valdes in the tweet.
He deleted it the next day, Valdes said.
“I did indeed send that,” Trent admitted to The Post in a telephone interview Thursday.
“I did indeed delete it. It didn’t seem that helpful,” he said.
Trent said he didn’t regret the move, but rather “regrets that people chase people around.”
“I regret that so many people right from presidential candidates to right-wing commentators to random people that start organizations think that they’re entitled to people’s time. I think she’s spending a ton of time in the district talking about what she’s doing, talking about why she’s doing it and making a case for her policies,” Trent said.
Valdes responded, “If Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez condones her spokesperson’s belligerent behavior and language, that’s on her. It speaks volumes to how much she respects civility and respectful civil discourse. Something we desperately need today.”
Valdes added that he never chased Ocasio-Cortez, but simply walked over to her.