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Watch Cory Booker's Furious-Looking Stare as Beto Steals His Spanish-Speaking Gimmick

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Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the roughly two dozen (give or take a few) Democratic candidates running for the 2020 presidential nomination, did not seem happy Wednesday night in the opening minutes of the first Democratic debate.

And it was all former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s fault.

Confused?

Let me back up for a minute.

O’Rourke was asked early on if he would support a 70 percent marginal tax rate on individuals earning more than $10 million a year if elected president.

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After giving a non-answer in English, O’Rourke provided a similar response in Spanish as well.

Watch below:

As O’Rourke was speaking, the camera panned to Booker, who had quite an interesting expression on his face.

And one more time, this time in GIF form, for good measure.

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So what was the deal with Booker?

Well, a little bit later on, Booker answered a question in Spanish as well.

Let’s just say it didn’t go over very well.

O’Rourke, you see, had stolen Booker’s gimmick.

If I were to venture a guess, I’d say that both candidates planned to answer a question in Spanish as part of an effort to pander to Hispanic voters.

Do you think these Democrats are pandering?

Being the first candidate to do so is one thing, but being the second to randomly break out into Spanish looks far more foolish.

Of course, there’s nothing specifically wrong with speaking Spanish.

Rather, it’s the attitude that speaking Spanish will somehow endear these candidates to Hispanic voters that is troubling.

Hopefully, voters won’t be fooled by the pandering.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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