Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) lashed out at female DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, lambasting the secretary as "complicit," in an emotional outburst that saw Booker flail about and scream at Nielsen in disgust — even suggesting she had limited intellectual capabilities.
But yet, Democrats, who turned Sens. Kamala Harris (CA) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) into cult heroes for enduring a fraction of the abuse Nielsen handled during her grilling at Booker's hands, were completely silent on Booker's unprofessional treatment of Nielsen.
Some "women's rights" activists.
"Your silence and your amnesia is complicity," Booker shouted at Nielsen, accusing the DHS Secretary of covering up for President Donald Trump because she refused to say for certain whether Trump had called any nation a "sh*t-hole" during a bi-partisan meeting on immigration reform.
Booker was, of course, showing off. With Oprah now in the ring, Booker needs to prove he has the kind of fire and faux courage necessary to challenge Trump's re-election, and win out against a much-beloved daytime talk show host. There's no better way to prove your outrage than to lay into a high-powered female official testifying for hours under oath about a meeting that the president happened to (allegedly) lace with profanity.
But as the dust settled, Democrats cheered Booker for his "honesty" and "courage" in the face of a Department of Homeland Security chief who couldn't say for sure what the president said in an hours-long meeting, even though Booker's behavior was nothing short of sexist.
Months ago, when Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dared to tell Sen. Elizabeth Warren to discontinue her irrelevant floor speech — a faux filibuster that defied Senate rules — Democrats nearly melted down over McConnell's "violent outburst," accusing the Republican Majority Leader of telling a woman to "sit down and shut up." The quote "nevertheless, she persisted," became a trademark of the anti-Trump resistance (even though McConnell was referencing Warren only in passing, and radical feminists emblazoned it onto everything from tee shirts to custom made Pussy Hats).
Meanwhile, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions had the gall to interrupt Sen. Kamala Harris, on a tirade about Sessions's refusal to answer what she thought was a simple "yes or no" question, she was hailed as a feminist hero for "resisting" a man's interjections. Clearly, according to Democrats, Sessions thought she was beneath him, and despite the fact that she was asking the same question over and over, largely for the C-SPAN cameras, it was Sessions who was ill-behaved.
In both instances, a day's news cycle was devoted to the blatant misogyny exhibited by the GOP. But today, as Booker fumed at Nielsen because he wasn't getting a perfect affirmative that the president had used a pejorative in a meeting, he was hailed as the hero. That is, of course, nothing short of a double standard. But don't expect Booker to apologize for his sexism. Because he's a Democrat.
At least Nielsen was non-plussed — the mark of a professional.
Or, perhaps, "nevertheless, she persisted."