Here's Why AOC's Chris Wallace Tweet Is Causing Such A Stir

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn't physically present at the 2020 presidential debate. But she was watching, virtually, when Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace began losing control over President Trump, unable to contain what soon became, as CNN's Jake Tapper eloquently summarized, "a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck." As usual, the queen of ironic clap-backs came armed to the teeth. 

It's not that Ocasio-Cortez was the first person to point out that the debate was spiraling out of control. By the time AOC tweeted, everyone and their great aunt twice removed was collectively screaming at Wallace from their virtual soapboxes. Even Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was moved to speak, begging via Tweet:  "@JoeBiden can't finish a single sentence before the petulant child known as @realDonaldTrump interrupts. Chris Wallace needs to do something." 

It's that AOC's analysis is leagues above all others. That's no real surprise. In 2019, The Guardian declared what social media users already knew: The rising star of the Democratic Party had officially "beat" everyone on Twitter. The Guardian had beautifully diagrammed stats to prove it. In less than a year, between June of 2018 and February of 2019, Ocasio-Cortez's Twitter following increased by 600 percent. On presidential debate night, September 2020, she had a whopping 7.5 million eager Twitter followers, soaking up her social media genius.

So what's the tweet that had social media buzzing? "Someone call el chacal de la trompeta on Chris Wallace because this is very much an 'y fuera' situation," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. 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 analogy, we'll direct you back to an old-timey Latin American TV show, Sábado Gigante (literally translated, Giant Saturday). 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, which ran for over half a century, as a "combination of Maury, The Price Is Right, and American Idol." Amid Tarzan impersonators, bullfighters, llamas, and time machines, there was a time carved out on the show for hopeful singing contestants, eager to impress the public. Their hopes were almost always, inevitably crushed by "el chacal de la trompeta." As a character, "el chacal de la trompeta" is a little bit hard to describe. He dressed in black, a parody of a Mexican luchador, and sometimes mysteriously carried around giant popsicle props. When he sounded his trumpet, the show's singing contestants' time was up. Another lion-disguised man would enter, stage center, and gobble the contestants up to sounds of appreciative applause (via YouTube). That's where the "Y Fuera," loosely translated, "and out of here" comes in. 

Sábado Gigante, was clearly, as Slate observed, "a universe unto itself." Which was exactly AOC's point. Watching the presidential head-to-head, the Representative from New York saw not a debate, but an alternate reality, a mix between the twilight zone and a circus. 

The Twitter uproar surrounding AOC's Wallace Tweet

In case you needed further confirmation that her analysis was on point, the morning after the presidential debate, Ocasio-Cortez's tweet was plastered all over Latin American media as a de facto summary of what went down between Trump and Biden (La Tercera, En Cancha, and Univision). 

And, if the Twitterverse's 128.9 thousand likes, 26.3 thousand retweets (as of the time of this writing) are 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. "Legendary tweet," replied one appreciative fan. "GIRL....I am screaming at this reference, damnit I love you even more," applauded another fan "I vote for you to be the moderator," begged a third

Some fans went further, still. Specifically, we have detected a cry, growing in strength from the underbellies of the Twitterverse, begging Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to put her name on a future presidential ticket. "Please run for president the world needs you," wrote one AOC fan. "Technically you're the Congresswoman from NY, but you speak for all of us. I hope to vote for you for the national office soon. I'm 63," seconded another. "I'm begging you to run for president in 2024," a third desperate AOC follower beseeched her. To which, a fourth replied, "AOC alone can save the world." Ocasio-Cortez, of course, will have to wait until she's 35 to throw her hat in the ring.