Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said this week that he does not welcome President Donald Trump’s condemnation of white supremacy and that the president’s speech condemning the evil ideology was a “catastrophic failure.”
The Trump campaign flagged Booker’s remarks in a tweet on Monday, noting that the leftist senator had called on Trump to condemn white supremacy in March and now says that he does not welcome the president’s condemnation of the evil ideology.
CNN’s Kate Bouldan asked Booker if he welcomed Trump’s condemnation of the evil ideology Monday on CNN, to which he replied, “No.”
Booker went on to say that because during Trump’s speech on Monday Trump did not blame himself for the hateful rhetoric in the country that he was a “catastrophic failure” of a leader.
“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” Trump said. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul. We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism — whatever they need.”
“We must recognize that the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts,” Trump added. “We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet, and stop mass murders before they start. The internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes. The perils of the internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored.”
Trump said that he was directing the Justice Department to partner with “local, state, and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.”