In a display of duplicity that explains why the American people, fed up with the ways of Washington, D.C., elected Donald Trump as president, Sen. Cory Booker showed just how calculating Democrats can be.
Booker, widely expected to run for president in 2020 in hopes of filling Barack Obama’s shoes, became the first senator to testify against a Senate colleague on Wednesday when he took a spirited stance to oppose the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
His performance was discussed Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” with co-host Joe Scarborough using the “C” word. “Has anybody, seen anything as calculating?” a clearly astounded Scarborough asked the panel.
“In a choice between standing with Senate norms and standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country,” Booker said with a straight face as he called out Sessions for his record on civil rights.
Flanked by the Congressional Black Caucus, Booker sounded more like Obama than himself.
“The arc of the moral universe does not just naturally curve towards justice. We must bend it,” the junior senator from New Jersey proclaimed.
Yet, less than a year ago, in February 2016, while describing “one of my life’s greatest moments,” Booker praised the Alabama senator while awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to those who participated in the iconic 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery.
“I feel blessed and honored to have partnered with Senator Sessions in being the Senate sponsors in this important award,” he said at the time.
So which is it, Senator?
“I feel blessed & honored to have partnered w/ Senator Sessions in being the senate sponsors in this important award.”
Senator Cory Booker pic.twitter.com/VPVPfQRqjx
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) January 10, 2017
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter to Booker’s disappointing antics:
— Ed (@Allgood70) January 10, 2017
— RichGas (@RichGas69) January 10, 2017
— Over Governed (@Over_Governed) January 11, 2017
@DanScavino All of these Democrats trying to “make a name” for themselves by opposing anything Trump tries to accomplish. It WILL backfire
— Debbie (@MsDianaFrances) January 10, 2017
@DanScavino This is why Republicans will own the WH for the next 16 years.
— Doc T (@MsDocTransform) January 10, 2017
— Patrick Arnold (@PatrickArnold77) January 11, 2017
— empatn (@m27731630) January 10, 2017
@DanScavino And now he wants to testify against him. What a lying hypocrite.
— Ione DeSantis (@Figaro89061) January 10, 2017
@DanScavino I want to watch Sen. Booker walk this one back. And if he claims to have overheard a conversation that’s hearsay. Devil in the details!
— Jason Clark (@GayDem4Trump) January 10, 2017
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