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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warns that Trump doesn't know 'how to deal with a girl from the Bronx'

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks her Bronx roots will be working in her favor.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday to talk about her big win in Tuesday's primary in New York's 14th District, explaining what democratic socialism means to her.

The political newcomer is poised to become the youngest member of Congress after she beat incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) by an overwhelming margin. She said she pulled it off by getting infrequent voters out to the polls, describing an instance when she met two 19-year-olds who had just voted for her. "I don't think polling is always right," she said.

She issued a brief warning to President Trump, who tweeted a harsh farewell to Crowley. "Are you going to be nicer to the president?" Colbert asked. "Well, you know, the president is from Queens, with all due respect," she responded. "I don't think he knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx."

Ocasio-Cortez also told Colbert about her democratic socialist agenda, explaining that she believes "no person in America should be too poor to live." Policies that guarantee health care, education, and housing for everybody can help all citizens to "lead a dignified life," she explained.

Watch the full interview below, including the story behind the moment she found out she won. Summer Meza