New Jersey Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D) facial expression when former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) began speaking Spanish at one point during the first 2020 Democratic debate Wednesday night went viral online.
The moment occurred at the start of the debate, when O’Rourke was asked whether he would support a 70 percent tax rate on Americans making more than $10 million annually.
“This economy has got to work for everyone,” O’Rourke began in English for his first response of the night, “and right now we know that it isn’t.”
“It’s going to take all of us coming together to make sure that it does,” he added, before sharing his response in Spanish.
WATCH: Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE delivers his first #DemDebate response in English and Spanish. pic.twitter.com/xxZSvvYTyq
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 26, 2019
While O’Rourke earned some praise on social media for delivering his response in both languages, others online couldn’t help but take notice of Booker’s face during the moment.
Love the cutaway shot of Booker watching Beto speak Spanish.
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) June 26, 2019
Booker as Beto speaks in Spanish pic.twitter.com/pVYL3p0cun
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) June 26, 2019
Cory Booker trying to translate Beto’s Spanish #DemocraticDebate pic.twitter.com/NvNFQ9loOr
— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) June 26, 2019
When your friend comes back from study abroad #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/pvw4sYWhHu
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 26, 2019
Cory Booker’s face while Beto O’Rourke speaks in Spanish LMAO pic.twitter.com/9aaPALihfC
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 26, 2019
Booker’s face though pic.twitter.com/fK8FG5E4zi
— Steph Haberman (@StephLauren) June 26, 2019
But despite what some viral tweets may suggest, Booker has said in the past that he studied Spanish in Ecuador.
Ecuador is where I did my immersion Spanish language study. Lived with a family and really improved my abilidad. https://t.co/jULwOUcrSd
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 16, 2016
The New Jersey Democrat answered a question in both English and Spanish later in the night about what he would do on his first day in office if elected president.
In his response, Booker blasted the Trump administration’s handling of immigration as “inacceptable” and vowed to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and end Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies he said violated the “human rights” of immigrants.
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