Drama, thy name is Cory Booker. The Democratic New Jersey senator has won the 2018 Drama King award for his exceptional skill at grandstanding, “tears of rage,” hypocritical accusations, verbal bullying, and incredible skill at race-baiting everything in sight.
‘Your Silence and Your Amnesia Are Complicity’
During a closed debate on immigration, President Trump allegedly said, “Why do we have to bring in people from sh**hole countries? Why can’t we bring in people from countries like Norway?” The key word here is allegedly because the statement has never been proven, it wasn’t recorded, and several attendees said they never heard the president make those remarks. However, that didn’t stop Booker from pounding his fists on the table and accusing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of purposely remaining silent and suffering from amnesia because she insisted that she did not hear those remarks.
“I hurt,” Booker said, “When Dick Durbin called me; I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in this meeting.” Uh, Booker, that would be hearsay. But in order to boost the drama ratings, it’s better to disregard the several people who said they did not hear any such thing and assume the validity of the crass remark.
Mr. Pain & Rage continued to attack Nielsen: “For you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the questions of my colleagues … with tens of millions Americans hurting right now because they’re worried about what happened in the White House, that’s unacceptable to me.” Bravo, Booker. You have an amazing talent to know what others are thinking and feeling.
Admitted to Sexual Assault
In a column written in 1992 for The Stanford Daily, “So Much for Stealing Second,” Booker admitted to committing sexual assault; yet during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, he was horrified by purported similar behavior by the Supreme Court nominee and demanded justice for the so-called victim.
…I slowly reached for her breast…
“It takes enormous courage to come forward publicly as Ms. [Christine Blasey] Ford has,” Booker said. “The Senate owes it to her and every survivor of sexual trauma to listen to her story and gather all of the facts before moving forward with this nomination.”
Booker described in detail an incident in which he touched a girl’s breast. “As we fumbled upon the bed, I remember debating my next ‘move’ as if it were a chess game. With the Top Gun slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast. After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark.’”
Even though the unfortunate young woman rebuffed Booker, he persisted.
‘I Am Spartacus’
Also during the Kavanaugh inquisition, Booker realized that the race card had not yet been activated, so he remedied the oversight. The senator claimed that he had email proof from Kavanaugh that showed the judge was racist, dated from the time following the 9/11 attacks.
“I am going to release the email about racial profiling, and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” he declared. “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
This self-aggrandizing pronouncement was declared to the grandstands, another attention-getter from the drama king, who was supposedly releasing documents under seal. Not only were the racial profiling accusations false, but the documents already had been cleared by Bill Burck, President Bush’s records representative, who said he and his colleagues were “surprised to learn about Sen. Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make public documents public.”
Booker has been rehearsing, no doubt, for the big stage: Democratic presidential nominee for 2020. So expect more Oscar-worthy theatrics from the New Jersey senator in 2019.