Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Explains ‘Democratic Socialism’ to Colbert: No Person ‘Should Be Too Poor To Live’


On Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her late night debut after her upset victory in the primary against top House Democrat Joe Crowley.

Stephen Colbert began by admitting that he “did not know” her name on Monday and expressed his shock at how she was 36 points behind in the polls and ended 15 points ahead.

“Why do you think you were able to swing 51 points in three weeks and unseat this man who had been there 20 years?” Colbert asked.

“Well, I think the first thing to kind of mention is that I don’t think polling is always right,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “People try to identify who’s the most likely person to turn out. And what we did is we changed who turns out. And that changes the whole election.”

Colbert then inquired about her “agenda” as she has described herself as a “Democratic Socialist,” which he told her is “not an easy term” for a lot of Americans.

And asked what being a “Democratic Socialist” means to her, she said the following.

“For me, Democratic Socialism is about really the value for me is that I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live,” Ocasio-Cortez told Colbert. “So what that means is health care as a human right. It means every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade school education if they so choose it. And, you know, I think that no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policies to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.”

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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