That look on Cory Booker’s face when Beto O’Rourke answers his first debate question in Spanish …

It took minutes for a Democrat to start pandering on the stage at Wednesday night’s presidential debate.

Beto O’Rourke, a former representative for Texas who could not even win a Senate seat from Ted Cruz, was so desperate to prove that he’s not just another boring liberal white guy that he answered a question almost entirely in Spanish.

Asked if he supports an individual 70 percent tax rate for those making more than 10 million dollars a year, O’Rourke began by giving a general answer and then he moved into speaking Spanish, desperate to prove he has Hispanic heritage.

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

He then began speaking Spanish. He even stumbled over his words at one point while speaking Spanish. He eventually moved back into English.

He said the American economy is “rigged” to help corporations and the wealthiest citizens.

After some more general liberal babbling, moderator Savannah Guthrie interrupted O’Rourke to get a direct answer out of him.

“Congressman O’Rourke, that’s time, sir,” she said. “I’ll give you 10 more seconds to answer the direct question.”

O’Rourke was still incapable of answering the question.

“I will support a tax rate and a tax code that is fair to everyone,” he said. After some more babbling, Guthrie cut the man off once more.

“That’s time,” she said.

Well, not only did we learn tonight that O’Rourke can speak Spanish, but we also learned that he is incapable of answering a direct question.

Check out the clip below:

Beto’s pandering was quickly mocked online. Donald Trump Jr. posted a picture of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) giving a perplexed look at O’Rourke when he began speaking Spanish.

Booker actually later answered a question in Spanish himself later, so his look may have been anger over the fact that Beto beat him to the punch.

The first Democratic presidential debate was a bit of a mess before it even began. With a ridiculous number of hopefuls looking to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 for the presidency, the Democratic National Committee and NBC News made the decision to air two 10-person debates over the course of two nights.

The first night included Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan (D-OH), John Delaney and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

Wednesday night’s moderators were NBC anchors Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Maddow, Jose Diaz-Balart, and Chuck Todd.

The trouble with the split debates is that candidates don’t face the same challenges they would if they were to go against everyone. For instance, Warren was the only top five polling candidate at Wednesday night’s debate. Potential voters no doubt would have seen a much different picture had Warren been going toe to toe with other top contenders like Joe Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The more showy debate will take place tomorrow night. Candidates on the stage will be Joe Biden, Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

The real winner of Wednesday night’s debate wasn’t a Democrat at all. It was President Donald Trump.

In a move that was no doubt a response to the Democratic presidential debates kicking off, Trump’s campaign purchased the YouTube masthead for promotion. This ad placement is one of the more expensive digital buys on the market. Being on a massive website like YouTube, more people will no doubt see the ad than tuned into Wednesday night’s debate.


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