Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explains her shocking victory and takes shot at Trump

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez overcame a significant deficit in the polls to defeat U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley in the party’s primary for the 14th Congressional District seat. She appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to say she overcame the odds by rocking the vote.

Trailing by 36 points in the polls just three weeks before the primaries, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t just shore up the gap but obliterated it. She defeated Crowley, chairman of the Democratic caucus, by 15 points. “People try to identify who’s the most likely person to turn out,” she said, “and what we did is we changed who turns out.”

The 28-year-old democratic socialist could become the youngest congresswoman in history — all because she got young people to vote in an off-year, midterm primary election by running on a simple platform they could relate to.

What is that platform? “I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Colbert pointed out that Trump took credit for Crowley’s loss by saying it was because he wasn’t nice to the president. Colbert asked, “Are going to be nicer to the president?” Ocasio-Cortez replied, “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.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 on CBS.

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