Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old woman who defeated the mighty Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in one of the most shocking 2018 primaries, appeared on Thursday at the "Late Show" starring Stephen Colbert. She talked to Colbert about her reaction after winning the first runner-up in the 14th congressional district of New York and what her support for democratic socialism means.
She described the moment when she learned of her victory in her election vigil.
"It was an old pool hall in the Bronx," said Ocasio-Cortez. "I did not check any of the polls on my phone, and we go out and I'm leaving," Oh my god, "out there, because I see all these reporters running to the Guard Party … I literally race in with this reporter the pool hall, and I walk in, and I'm just running to this TV, looking up and seeing the edge, and then I see the crowd of districts reporting, and so I found out we won the election this moment. "
Colbert asked her more about her platform and her democratic socialism.
"I believe that in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no one in America should be too poor to live," she explained. "What that means to me is health care as a human right, which means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or business school if they choose it, and I think that nobody should be homeless if we are have public structures or public policies that allow people to lead a dignified life in the United States. "
When asked about President Trump's vicious reaction to Crowley's defeat, he tweeted that Crowley was a" great trump card. " "Ocasio-Cortez said that Mr. Trump should not count on her support."
"The president is from Queens," said Ocasio-Cortez. "And with all due respect ̵
During their victory speech, Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx native who graduated from Boston University, said, "We're meeting a machine with a movement, and we did that today." Working-class Americans want a clear champion and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018. "
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