And so it begins.
Last night in Miami, the first half of the Democratic candidates for President faced off in the very first debate of the 2020 election.
And it was good!
Constructive, mostly amicable, full of ideas none of which involved imprisoning four-year-olds without access to even a toothbrush, which incidentally even the Taliban issues to its hostages. So that’s cool.
But of course, it wouldn’t be a debate without a memeable moment!
And boy howdy, did Beto O’Rourke deliver. Right at the top, in MINUTE FOUR.
Asked about his tax plans, Beto, seemingly apropos of nothing, just began speaking in Spanish…
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 27, 2019
And people on Twitter were like “LOLWAT.”
Now to be fair, the debate was in part produced by Telemundo, so there were of course a lot of Spanish-speaking viewers.
But… it came out of nowhere and it caught pretty much everyone off guard—including, hilariously, Senators Elizabeth Warren and especially Cory Booker, who seemed to be in full-tilt disbelief…
For the non-Spanish speaker, his answer was:
“We need to include every person in this economy’s success. But if we want to do that, we need to include every person in our democracy. Every voter needs representation and we need to listen to every voice.”
LOL CORY WAS GIVING HIM THE LOOK BECAUSE HE HAD ALSO PLANNED A GRATUITOUS SPANISH PORTION pic.twitter.com/bXyGb6sdSW
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) June 27, 2019
For Housewives fans: this is like when you planned to storm off the reunion stage and then someone else storms off the reunion stage before you get a chance!!!!
— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) June 27, 2019
Cory Booker watching Beto speak Spanish is shook honey
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) June 27, 2019
Sen. Cory Booker watching Beto speak Spanish pic.twitter.com/47S5rMOwuk
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 27, 2019
While others were reminded of that one guy we all went to college with…
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 27, 2019
When he gets back from study abroad Bar*thay*lona and won’t stop speaking Spanish pic.twitter.com/S4dNFX2ufX
— Slade (@Slade) June 27, 2019
Or those other moments in your life where you’re like “omg STAHP.”
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 27, 2019
When you’re trying to end a meeting but that one coworker is still talking. pic.twitter.com/uDdlGaozK6
— F1agg Σagl3t0n 🇺🇸🦅🍑🌱 (@NM_Che56) June 27, 2019
— Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) June 27, 2019
— Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) June 27, 2019
While others were just tickled by Cory Booker’s reaction!
— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 27, 2019
This look is the single funniest thing Cory Booker has ever done. pic.twitter.com/7RbnFDyX9a
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) June 27, 2019
— M (@Mtorbat) June 27, 2019
— Molly Beth Shaffer (@MissMollyB) June 27, 2019
And some couldn’t help but be reminded of a certain classic movie scene…
Is Beto really speaking in Spanish right now? This reminds me of this scene in Bridesmaids. pic.twitter.com/9PV9ro4BQt
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) June 27, 2019
And the moment had at least one of tonight’s debate candidates SHOOK:
I need to learn Spanish by tomorrow night at 9.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) June 27, 2019
Anyway, if nothing else, the moment clarified just who exactly won this debate:
Big night for Duolingo
— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) June 27, 2019
DUOLINGO OWL 2020!!!!
Duolingo owl is coming for them… It’s always spanish or vanish…🔪🔪🔪 pic.twitter.com/JN28gFZyol
— iylia🌛 (@iyliasyazwanie) June 21, 2019
The 2020 election is 494 days away.