The Brief: The internet wasted no time roasting Beto O'Rourke for answering questions in both Spanish and English during the first night of the Democratic Debates.
The first night of the Democratic Debate is underway in Miami, Florida and the memes have already begun flooding in.
While this evening’s events inspired several meme-able moments, none were more memorable then Beto O’Rourke speaking Spanish.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 27, 2019
— Kristen Chiarello (@notfunnykris) June 27, 2019
absolutely no one at the democratic debates:
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) June 27, 2019
Press 1 for English?#DemDebate
— PragerU (@prageru) June 27, 2019
There was certainly more than one tweet referencing Duolingo:
Me, when I'm doing my daily Duolingo lesson: pic.twitter.com/rD66TlGMN1
— William 🌹🛠🌽 (@WilliamakaBill) June 27, 2019
Most iterations of this meme challenge O’Rourke, accusing him of avoiding the question entirely by speaking Spanish.
Some versions have even incorporated simple Spanish words and phrases.
Beto just spoke 2 languages to avoid directly answering a question
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) June 27, 2019
Moderator: *asks Beto a specific question about policy.
Beto: “uh lemme just do half of this in Español and hope they forget.”
— Tommy Vegas (@RealTomPetrini) June 27, 2019
Beto avoiding answering the question like
— Patrick Kane (@realpatkane) June 27, 2019
Moderator: “Mr. O’Rourke, what do you think about this specific tax plan?”
Beto: “Well you see I know Spanish.”
Moderator: “Yeah but the tax plan…”
Beto: “Hola como estas”#DemocraticDebate
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 27, 2019
Perhaps the most LOL-worthy memes were those pointing out the distateful and confused looks on the faces of O’Rourke’s competition.
— Harmony Lloyd (@harmonymist) June 27, 2019
How the Democrats standing next to Beto feel when he starts speaking Spanish: pic.twitter.com/2zsQIGstVJ
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) June 27, 2019
Cory Booker seemed to be the most surprised and/or confused by O’Rourke’s Spanish.
— Molly Beth Shaffer (@MissMollyB) June 27, 2019
Sen. Cory Booker watching Beto speak Spanish pic.twitter.com/47S5rMOwuk
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 27, 2019
When Beto started speaking spanish Cory Booker was deadass like 😳
— jade marie (@tsholyground) June 27, 2019
omg Booker’s face when Beto busted out the Spanish pic.twitter.com/O4oY4HowWK
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) June 27, 2019
One screenshot from the debate featuring Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker side-eyeing O’Rourke has proved to be a fave amongst many Twitter users.
Beto, can you feel the shade being thrown?
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 27, 2019
— Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) June 27, 2019
— MJ Haning (@mj_haning) June 27, 2019
Booker’s cold look made a lot more sense when he, too, began speaking Spanish later in the evening.
So now we know that look on Booker's face was rage that he wasn't the first one to speak Spanish on stage.
— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) June 27, 2019
Booker speaking Spanish pic.twitter.com/CmSv5zdca2
— the heavyweight champ is mexican (@JuMosq) June 27, 2019
BETO: I speak Spanish.
BOOKER: I can't believe you did my thing before me.
DE BLASIO: I have a black son.
BOOKER: I'm actually black tho, Bill.
KLOBUCHAR: …Um, I have an uncle with a deer stand?
WARREN: *don't say it, don't say it*
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 27, 2019
Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye nailed this one.
Omgggg I don’t know how to say that but like omg yes dueling Spanish speaking politicians omgggg that’s why Booker was so maddddd
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) June 27, 2019
The second round of debates kicks off tomorrow evening. Until then, Buenas Noches!