Cory Booker Backtracks On Aggressive Rhetoric

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Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) flipped on his calls for aggressive rhetoric made on Wednesday, instead asserting on Thursday that people should engage in civil dialogue and have love for their political opponents.

On Wednesday, Booker told progressive activists that their “call to action” was to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.” (RELATED: Cory Booker Tells Crowd: ‘Get Up In The Faces Of Some Congresspeople’)


The potential 2020 presidential hopeful also recently accused supporters of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of being “complicit in evil.” (RELATED: Sen. Cory Booker Accuses Anyone Supporting Kavanaugh Of Being ‘Complicit’ In ‘Evil’)

But on Thursday, Booker seemed to backtrack on his intense rhetoric, instead urging his supporters to show love to their political opponents and slamming the current “toxic” political culture.

“It is so easy to love people who agree with you, but the real test comes, to love someone who you disagree with. And our political culture right now has become so toxic,” Booker said during a Thursday interview with On Being.


“I really hope that we are going to see more vulnerability in our politics, that we’re going to see more people willing to talk about their own evolution. I just do hope that this dialogue does come. I don’t know,” he explained.

“We’re in such a new political space, where you’re seeing the fracturing of the news media, snippets and tweets and soundbites and memes.”


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