Meme of the Week: Cory Booker 'Gives' AOC the Side-Eye During Her Visit to the Southern Border

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Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) look on as Beto O’Rourke speaks Spanish at the Democratic presidential debate – 6/26/19. Screen grab via NBC News.

What do you get when you combine a photo of Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) now-infamous side-eye look with an image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visiting our southern border? A much needed laugh at the end of a brutally frustrating week.

As Red State‘s Elizabeth Vaughn wrote Thursday, one of the more humorous moments of the first Democratic debate Wednesday night was Booker giving Beto O’Rourke the side-eye as the former El Paso Congressman tried to answer a question in Spanish.

A brief recap, via The Hill:

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) explained the side-eye look he gave when his fellow White House hopeful, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), started speaking Spanish during the first night of Democratic presidential debates.

“I just knew he had laid a gauntlet down,” Booker told CNN’s Anderson Cooper with a chuckle. “And I was talking a little bit with [Julián] Castro. Both he and I knew, as people who can speak Spanish, that now we were gonna bring it as well.”

He added that he too “pulled out” a bit of Spanish during the two-hour debate Wednesday evening, realizing that “there’s a lot of bilingual people, some even trilingual, in this race.”


Watch the video clip below, which is hilariously set to zoom in twice on Booker’s face to give you the full effect of how he stared at O’Rourke:

(I laughed for a solid five minutes after watching this the first time!)

Earlier this week, Bonchie wrote about photos taken of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a trip she took to the southern border before she was elected to serve in Congress. They showed what looked like an emotional AOC reacting to seeing something horrible just across the fences:

As Jennifer Van Laar noted later, however, the images appeared to have been staged, because a more broad image of the landscape in front of Ocasio-Cortez displayed nothing but border patrol personnel:


After Booker’s look and the images of AOC went viral, video producer and Twitter superstar Caleb Hull came up with this humorous meme of Booker giving her the side eye during her 2018 trip:

For those who haven’t seen it, I thought it was worth sharing. Because we desperately needed to end this week on a humorous note. 🙂

—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–


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