The Democratic Party’s newest rising star just landed an epic dunk on Trump in first late-night interview [WATCH]

On Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history with her historic upset victory over ten-year incumbent Joe Crowley in the primary for New York’s 14th district, all but assuring that she will become the youngest elected Representative in American history.

In a flurry of interviews throughout this week, she’s made it clear that she not only has a winning message but the energy and the passion to make it a reality, quickly establishing herself as a rising star in the Democratic Party who likely has ambitions higher than the House – and isn’t afraid to take on anyone, including President Trump.

Joining Stephen Colbert on the Late Show last night, Ocasio-Cortez laid out her vision of democratic socialism, articulating the clear and compelling message that won her a double-digit rout of her primary opponent and broadcasting it for the entire nation to hear:

“I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live. What that means to me is health care as a human right, it means that every child no matter where you are born should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it. I think that no person should be homeless if we have public structures or public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.”

Though simple in its construction, her words are an intensely powerful appeal based on a firm moral foundation centered in our shared humanity and our shared needs, a universal and comfortably reasonable message that appeals to everyone who isn’t a sadistic, self-entitled sociopath.

Her conversation with Colbert ended with a discussion of the President’s insulting tweet about her primary opponent, Joe Crowley, who was an absolute gentleman in his loss, immediately endorsing her and even played a song in her honor at his defeat party.

“Are you going to be nicer to the President?” asked Colbert, his voice dripping with sarcasm.

Ocasio-Cortez fired back with a telling remark that makes it clear she’s not going to take any grief from the President – and even hints at a potential role as one of his biggest opponents:

“Well, you know the President is from Queens and with all due respect, half of my district is from Queens, but I don’t think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx.”

Ocasio-Cortez is a much-needed breath of fresh air for the Democratic Party, and we can’t wait to see what she does once she gets to Congress in November.

Watch the full interview below:

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.