aoc-dnc-speech Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
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It’s the speech that many were waiting for, and the Puerto Rican Congresswoman managed to cover critical issues such as unemployment and social injustice.

The theme for the second evening of the 2020 Democratic National Convention was “Leadership Matters” and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proved why she was chosen to speak on this topic.

In a bilingual speech, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most outspoken members of the Democratic party, went a little over her 60-second window and touched on critical issues including racial injustice, xenophobia, colonization, mass evictions, and unemployment.

Watch her speech here: 

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Last week, when news broke that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had only 60 seconds to deliver her speech, her fans cheered her on and one of them was her second-grade teacher, Mai Jacobs. 

For Newsweek, Jacobs wrote about the encouraging tweet she sent her and the thoughtful response she received. Jacobs added that she’s inspired by her former student and how she never doubted that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez could deliver a speech under pressure. 

“I’ve been watching Alexandria over the past few years and I’ve been stunned by her poise and her ability to speak with such clarity and truth, especially in the face of intense scrutiny and often vitriol,” Jacobs wrote. “I see in her a brave and inspiring soul, a person wholly dedicated to speaking out on behalf of others.”