With voice trembling and fists clenched, a tearful Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) unleashed a powerful and impassioned rebuke of Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers who have turned a blind-eye to racist remarks the president made last week. His message was simple: if you stay silent, you are complicit.
“Your silence and amnesia is complicity,” Booker seethed. The comments were directed to a stunned Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen at the conclusion of a volatile oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for which Booker and Senator Kamala Harris made their debut as only the second and third-ever black members. Nielsen was visibly moved by the comments, and notably silent at the conclusion, unable to rebut the impassioned speech.
Secretary Nielsen drew the Senator’s ire after repeatedly refusing to answer questions as to the specific language Donald Trump used in a closed-door meeting last week when referring to Haitian and African immigrants.
“I don’t know if 73% of your time is spent on white supremacist hate groups,” Booker continued, describing his tears of rage after receiving a phone call from Senator Dick Durbin detailing the president’s comments. “I receive enough death threats to know the threat in in this country. Kamala receives enough death threats to know the threat in this country.”
The country was rocked by bombshell reporting last week that the president referred to Haiti and Africa as “shithole countries” during the meeting, which brought Democratic and Republican lawmakers together to negotiate a DREAMER bill, immigration reform, and Mr. Trump’s wall along the Mexico border.