New York Socialist Congressional Candidate Ocasio-Cortez joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah where she was asked a very straightforward and fair question — how she plans to pay for all the “free” programs she’s suggested.

Ocasio-Cortez hemmed and hawed and US Americans such as-ed her way through two minutes, throwing in phrases like “fair share” and “tax the wealthy”, brought up the thoroughly debunked Warren Buffet’s Secretary schtick, but never got around to answering the question.


Ocasio-Cortez seems to be having a hard time grasping basic economic principles, earning a “Pants on Fire” rating from left-leaning Politifact on her explanation of unemployment numbers.

Earlier this week, CRTV released a satirical interview of Ocasio-Cortez, clearly spliced from another. The interview triggered progressives in the best of ways.

After watching this bit from The Daily Show though, CRTV was more than charitable. At least in their version Ocasio-Cortez actually answered questions instead of saying things like, “just last year, we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase that they didn’t even ask for. They’re like, we don’t want another fighter jet! they’re like, don’t give us another nuclear bomb!”

For better or worse, Democrats own this one.