On Tuesday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who desperately wants to run for president in 2020, took the microphone at a hearing with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen. He then blasted her for her failure to remember whether Trump had indeed said that people from “s***hole countries” should be prevented from entering the United States.
Nielsen talked about Trump’s comments with CBS News:
Booker tore into Nielsen, stating, “I've been in the Oval Office many times. And when the commander in chief speaks I listen. I don't have amnesia on conversations I had in the Oval Office going back months and months and months." He then added, “Your silence and your amnesia is complicity.”
Complicity in what, exactly? He didn’t say. If the implication is that Republicans must adopt Democratic immigration policies in order to avoid charges of racism, then she’s complicit, perhaps. But the notion that she must testify that Trump said “s***hole countries” or be labeled a racist is patently ridiculous. This is Washington, D.C., where people “misremember” things on a regular basis to avoid getting into political scrapes. Booker’s done it himself from time to time — for example, when he told a story about his fake friend T-Bone, a drug dealer he supposedly knew and who is completely manufactured from wholecloth.
But Booker didn’t stop there. He stated that he had “tears of rage!!!!!1!” when he heard about what Trump had said. He added that he received death threats, and so did his black colleagues in Congress. He excoriated Nielsen for “not [feeling] that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the question of my colleagues.” Here’s the ridiculous scene:
This is insipid. It’s Jon Lovitz ACTING! No, Booker didn’t have “tears of rage.” He had a presidential candidacy to launch. And if Democrats are fools enough to fall for this sort of theatrical nonsense, let them try it. Americans can still see through performances that rival Tommy Wiseau in quality.