AOC on Debate: 'Some Folks...Didn't Seem Like They Read the Book, and Then They Got Called On'

By Susan Jones | June 27, 2019 | 9:20am EDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) joined Late Night's Stephen Colbert for a debate post-mortem on Thursday. (Photo: Screen capture/CBS)

( - Appearing on Stephen Colbert's late-night Trump-bashing show, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) gave her review of the Democrat debate.

The freshman lawmaker said she appreciated several of the candidates speaking Spanish. And when she was asked about some of the "biggest moments," she talked about the size of the stage itself:

"Well I think sometimes with the debate stage this big, it can kind of seem like a high school classroom, and so there are some folks that, like, didn't seem like they read the book, and then they got called on." (Laughter)

"Anybody in particular?" Colbert asked.

"You know, you kind of like -- it depends on the question. And so-- so they'll answer the question or they'll get called on, and I don't think some candidates thought that they were going to get called on, on a certain question. And then, they'll be like, 'Yes, the hero was courageous and the protagonist of the story.'"

"Yes," Colbert laughed, "And Moby Dick was the whale."

Turning serious, Ocasio-Cortez mentioned several candidates that, in her opinion, "knocked it out of the park."

"I'll be-- I'll be honest. I really do think that this was a breakaway night, and I think that there was-- like, I think Elizabeth Warren really distinguished herself. I think Julio Castro really distinguished himself. I think Cory Booker did a great job in talking about criminal justice, and I think that there were communities that got centered tonight. The trans community got centered tonight. The immigrant community got centered tonight. And I think that those-- that was an extraordinary moment as well."

Colbert joked that AOC's Spanish accent was really good when she pronounced Julian Castro's name: "You sounded like Beto O'Rourke right there," he joked.

AOC said she found it "humorous" that both O'Rourke and Booker broke into Spanish as they answered a question.

"I mean, I loved it, because -- I represent the Bronx, there's a lot of Spanglish in the building. I mean, I thought it was humorous, sometimes, at times. You know, especially because sometimes the content of the question, I thought people were just going to start saying, [speaks Spanish] -- which means 'I will not give you an answer to your question.' (Laughter)

"But it was-- it was good. I thought it was a good gesture to the fact that we are a diverse country, so... that's good."

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