Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker walked out of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday after delivering a marathon speech against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Multiple Democratic senators on the committee walked out of the room after their speaking time, but Booker delivered the longest individual speech of the day. Chairman Chuck Grassley interrupted Booker twice to urge him to wrap up his diatribe. During the first interruption, Grassley noted that Booker had already been speaking for 17 minutes and that three other senators still had to speak.
Booker spoke at length about the “pernicious” nature of “patriarchy” and said he believes Dr. Christine Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. (RELATED: Blasey Ford Says She Never Authorized Release Of Her Letter To Dianne Feinstein)
“I cannot sit here, I cannot participate in what I know history is going to look back as a dark moment again,” Booker said. “I cannot participate in that.”
“With that, sir, I will leave,” Booker concluded before gathering his things and exiting the meeting room.
Booker’s long speech and walk-out recalled his “Spartacus” moment during the initial confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh. During that round of hearings, Booker threatened to break Senate rules and release committee confidential documents. (RELATED: Trump Trolls Sen. Booker For His ‘Spartacus’ Moment)