Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Trump: “I Don’t Think He Knows How to Deal with a Girl from the Bronx”

Recommended Videos

By now, you’ve probably heard about Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic socialist who unseated 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district in her first campaign. The victory has been huge for a number of reasons: Crowley has always been seen as a likely replacement for Nancy Pelosi, and the polls a few weeks before the election showed Oscasio-Cortez to be 32 points behind. She won by 15 points.

It’s likely that Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest woman ever elected in Congress. She spoke about the historical moment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, who asked her how she beat the odds. “There’s the big thing—polling, people try to identify who’s the most likely person to turn out,” says Ocasio-Cortez, “and what we did is that we changed who turns out and that changes the whole election.” She shares one anecdote about being in the Bronx “about 8 minutes until the polls were closing”, and seeing two 19-year-old girls who said they voted for her. “I was, like, 19 years old, voting in an off-year, mid-term, primary election?”

As for her stance as a Democratic socialist, which is also getting a lot of press, the host asks her to elaborate. “That’s not an easy term for a lot of Americans”, Colbert points out.

“For me, democratic socialism 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.”

“Seems simple,” replies Colbert.

“Seems pretty simple. So what that means to me is health care 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—if they so choose. 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”, says Ocasio-Cortez. Her other positions include abolishing ICE, green industry, demilitarizing the police, and more

Colbert then moves on to Donald Trump’s celebration of Crowley’s loss, which he attributed to Crowley not being “nicer, and more respectful” to him on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez says, “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.”

You can also watch Colbert talk about Ocasio-Cortez in a monologue yesterday, before announcing that she’ll be his guest. He talks about Crowley’s send-off song and Trump’s tweet. (“He’s right, Queens is big on politeness. That’s why on every street corner you hear, ‘Excuse me sir, I am walking here. But you may forget about it.'”)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article ‘The Sympathizer’ Episode 3 Release Date Confirmed
Hao Xuande as "The Captain" in The Sympathizer
Read Article Guess Who Wrote That Amazing ‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Cameo in Episode 1
Edwin and Charles sit at their desk in Dead Boy Detectives.
Read Article ‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Is a Surprisingly Poignant Blend of Gaiman’s Weirdness and CW-Style Teen Drama
Image of George Rexstrew as Edwin and Jayden Revri as Charles in a scene from Netflix's 'Dead Boy Detectives.' Edwin is a white, teenage boy with short, dark hair wearing a grey pin-striped suit, a white buttondown with a wide collar, and a bowtie who's seated behind a desk with a serious expression. Charles stands beside him with his arms folded. He's a mixed-race white and Indian teenage boy with short, wavy dark hair wearing a maroon polo shirt, a gold chain, and black pants. He's smirking.
Read Article ‘Totally Spies!’ Season 7 Brings the Fabulous Trio Back to Our Screens
Totally Spies! Season 7 promo
Read Article ‘X-Men ’97’ Just Gave Us a Look at the Deadliest Anti-Mutant Task Force Yet
Bolivar Trask as a Prime Sentinel in 'X-Men '97'
Related Content
Read Article ‘The Sympathizer’ Episode 3 Release Date Confirmed
Hao Xuande as "The Captain" in The Sympathizer
Read Article Guess Who Wrote That Amazing ‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Cameo in Episode 1
Edwin and Charles sit at their desk in Dead Boy Detectives.
Read Article ‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Is a Surprisingly Poignant Blend of Gaiman’s Weirdness and CW-Style Teen Drama
Image of George Rexstrew as Edwin and Jayden Revri as Charles in a scene from Netflix's 'Dead Boy Detectives.' Edwin is a white, teenage boy with short, dark hair wearing a grey pin-striped suit, a white buttondown with a wide collar, and a bowtie who's seated behind a desk with a serious expression. Charles stands beside him with his arms folded. He's a mixed-race white and Indian teenage boy with short, wavy dark hair wearing a maroon polo shirt, a gold chain, and black pants. He's smirking.
Read Article ‘Totally Spies!’ Season 7 Brings the Fabulous Trio Back to Our Screens
Totally Spies! Season 7 promo
Read Article ‘X-Men ’97’ Just Gave Us a Look at the Deadliest Anti-Mutant Task Force Yet
Bolivar Trask as a Prime Sentinel in 'X-Men '97'