Here’s why AOC’s Chris Wallace tweet is causing such a stir

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t at the 2020 presidential debate, but she was certainly watching virtually. As usual, the queen of ironic Twitter clap-backs came armed to the teeth. In 2019, The Guardian called the game: The rising star of the Democratic Party had officially “beat” everyone on Twitter, the news outlet declared. It is hardly a surprise, then, that AOC managed to express the internet’s frustration at debate moderator, Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace’s inability to rain in President Trump, better than everyone else. The internet was collectively screaming at Wallace’s “lack of control.” Even Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, cried that “@JoeBiden can’t finish a single sentence before the petulant child known as @realDonaldTrump interrupts. Chris Wallace needs to do something.” But AOC’s analysis is leagues above all others. 

“Someone call el chacal de la trompeta on Chris Wallace because this is very much an ‘y fuera’ situation,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to her eager Twitter followers. Don’t know Spanish? We’ll break it down for you.  

Unpacking AOC's viral, debate-day Wallace tweet

Who exactly is “el chacal de la trompeta?” To grasp AOC’s genius, we’ll direct you back to an old-timey Latin American TV show, Sábado Gigante. As some of Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter followers have pointed out, Sábado Gigante is almost the Latin American equivalent of The Gong Show. Almost. Because it’s also much, much more than that. Slate describes the show as a “combination of Maury, The Price Is Right, and American Idol.” Amid Tarzan impersonators and bullfighters, hopeful singing contestants would come on the show, eager to impress the public. When they failed, the so-called “el chacal de la trompeta,” comically dressed in a black parody of a Mexican luchador would sound a trumpet, and kick the contestants off the show (via YouTube). (That’s where the “Y Fuera,” loosely translated, “and out of here” comes in.)   

If the Twitterverse’s reaction to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet is anything to go by, it too feels like the first 2020 debate was a bizarre, game show, from which debate moderator Chis Wallace deserved to be booted off. “GIRL….I am screaming at this reference, damnit I love you even more,” applauded one appreciative fan. “I vote for you to be the moderator,” begged another. Some went a step further. “I’m begging you to run for president in 2024,” wrote a third AOC follower. To which, a fourth replied, “AOC alone can save the world.”

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