Cory Booker is nothing if not expressive, and when presidential rival Beto O'Rourke began speaking Spanish during his first answer in the first Democratic debate of 2020, well, it showed. That's if you're paying attention to Twitter, which is convinced that Booker gave O'Rourke the side-eye (opens in new tab) early on in the debate. "So far the best 'look' of the night," one person wrote (opens in new tab). "It's been like 10 minutes and I am still thinking about Beto speaking Spanish and Cory Booker's face," wrote another (opens in new tab).
To be clear, it's all kinds of incredible that a candidate decided to address both the English-speaking population and the Spanish-speaking population during an nationally televised debate; after all, 41 million Americans speak Spanish at home, (opens in new tab) according to the most recent census. (Booker followed suit a few questions later, speaking in Spanish in response to a question about family separation.)
But Cory Booker had a pretty...expressive reaction to Beto seemingly making the decision to be the first to set himself aside from other candidates with a multilingual answer. I won't begin to speculate at what Booker is thinking here; here's a clip for you to decide for yourself:
Cory Booker giving Beto O’Rourke the side eye when he starts answering questions in Spanish just won the Internet. #DemocraticDebate pic.twitter.com/iwppQvYnDDJune 27, 2019
And Twitter, well. Twitter noticed.
Sen. Cory Booker watching Beto speak Spanish pic.twitter.com/47S5rMOwukJune 27, 2019
Cory Booker, as Beto gives part of his answer in Spanish, and does not answer the question. pic.twitter.com/4jKNSrIPAxJune 27, 2019
cory booker made that crazy face bc beto spoke spanish first. oh my godJune 27, 2019
When Beto was speaking Spanish, Cory Booker was speaking meme. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/T5bthONrySJune 27, 2019
Cory Booker's side eye at Beto O'Rourke speaking Spanish is priceless.#DemDebateJune 27, 2019
Booker's change to Spanish also elicited reactions. (Although, let's put this in perspective: What's better than one candidate making his answers available to the solely Spanish-speaking population of the U.S.? Two candidates.)
CORY BOOKER LOOKED UP HIS SPANISH DURING THE BREAK, YOUR MOVE BETO #DemocraticDebateJune 27, 2019
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