Democratic Senator Cory Booker cried on television over President Trump’s “shithole countries” comment Tuesday.
In a long-winded rant to the press gaggle, Booker claimed that people like DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — who claimed she could not recall Trump’s “shithole” comments actually being made — are actually “worse” than Trump making them in the first place.
“I believe that kind of complicity, that kind of–as King would say sincere ignorance and conscientious absent-mindedness–that is worse than the person who says the bad things,” Booker said.
Booker also argued that Trump’s comments “give others license to hate, to reflect that kind of ignorance and bigotry.”
“He seems to think that the countries of origins of some Americans are less worthy than the countries of origin of others…this kind of ignorance, this kind of bigotry, is so toxic–not only is it hurtful to individuals, it’s causing problems in our country,” Booker asserted, his voice breaking.
Booker exploded during the hearing itself, telling Nielsen that he was in “tears of rage” when he first heard about Trump’s “shithole” country.