Cory Booker couldn’t help but make a face at Beto speaking Spanish

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) partly answered a question posed to him during the first of two initial 2020 Democratic primary debates in Spanish on Wednesday night, but Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) reaction caught the attention of people online.

O’Rourke was asked about a tax rate for Americans before answering the question partly in Spanish.

“This economy has got to work for everyone,” O’Rourke said. “And right now we know that it isn’t, and it’s going to take all of us coming together to make sure it does.”

The former Texas congressman, who lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a close Senate race during the 2018 midterm elections, then pivoted to talking in Spanish.

However, a small moment from Booker—where he looked side-eyed at his fellow 2020 hopeful—garnered attention.

It quickly caught aflame on Twitter as people watched along.

Later in the debate, Booker also answered a question partly in Spanish. Perhaps he was bothered because Beto stole his big thunder.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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