Booker walks back painful ‘Spartacus’ moment, tries to brush off Clarence Thomas’ condemnation

Henry Rodgers, DCNFDCNF

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker corrected comments he made comparing himself to “Spartacus,” saying he did not mean it.

Booker said “no” when asked in a Thursday interview with The Hill if he meant to call himself Spartacus for threatening to release confidential documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“This is about the closest I’ll probably have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Booker said during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

Booker also denied seeing sitting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ comments towards him, calling him out for his “Spartacus” comment. “It’s not even important to me. I haven’t seen it,” Booker said.

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“Honorable — if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of ‘Spartacus,’” Thomas said Wednesday in regards to Booker.

Many Republicans in Congress and news outlets have made fun of Booker for his comments.

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