On Thursday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican from the Bronx had a stunning victory on Tuesday, defeating long-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary. Her 15-point win went against all odds and proved that the country really is ready for some serious political change.
“Well I think the first thing to kind of mention is that, I don’t think polling is always right,” she tells Colbert who responds saying, “We learned that in 2016.”
“Here’s the big thing, polling—people try to identify who’s the most likely person to turn out and what we did is that we changed who turns out,” she adds. “We were about eight minutes til the polls were closing, and I was in my home neighborhood in the Bronx and these two like teenage-looking kids came up to me and were like we just voted for you and I was like how old are you? They’re like 19. And I was like oh 19-years-old voting in an off-year, midterm primary election.”
The fact that teens were out voting at the midterm primaries is proof that young adults are really starting to educate themselves and understand the importance of voting and not just at big presidential elections.
Colbert then goes on to show footage on the big screen of the moment Cortez found out she won and goes on to talk about how she has a good shot at becoming the next congresswoman for new York’s 14th district. Cortez self-identifies as a Democratic-Socialist.
“For me a Democratic Socialist is about really, the value for me is that I believe that in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live. That’s what I feel,” she says. “It seems pretty simple. So what that means to me is healthcare as a human right, it means that every child no matter where you are born should have access to a college or trade school education … and I think that no person should be homeless, if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.”
Now here’s where things get really good. Colbert explains that as worthy as Cortez’s goals are, to expect resistance from Donald Trump who went on to Tweet some nonsense earlier this week about the win, per usual.
Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place, just LOST his primary election. In other words, he’s out! That is a big one that nobody saw happening. Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
But despite Trump’s pity potty episodes, Cortez has no plans of going easy on Trump.
“Well, you know the president is from Queens and with all due respect, half of my district is from Queens—I don’t think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx,” Cortez says with a big smile on her face that hyped the audience on.
I couldn’t agree more. Good luck to Cortez! I’m excited to see a smart and powerful Latina kicking ass in politics and fighting for our communities. I don’t know about you, but I’m crossing my fingers she makes it to congress. We need more honest folks like her in politics.