With Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee having a hissy Friday morning. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., doesn’t seem to know if he’s coming or going.
After waiting all morning for a chance to speak before a scheduled 1:30 p.m. vote to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, Booker appeared to extend an olive branch across the aisle, with animosity between the two parties currently off the charts.
“You cannot love your country unless you love all your countrymen and women,” Booker said at one point.
“The goodness and the decency of Republicans and Democrats in this country is self-evident,” he continued, “and we demonize each other in ways that I will be and continue to be an exemplar of trying to get our dialogue to rise to something different.”
The remark a vivid reminder that Booker is a potential 2020 presidential candidate, as he talked about toning down the political rhetoric in this country.
But after completing his speech, including his call for more civility, which makes for a great campaign sound bite, “Conflicted Cory” then reportedly walked out in protest of a vote on Kavanaugh, according to Lisa Desjardins, a PBS NewsHour correspondent
CORY BOOKER: after speaking, said he is leaving the hearing in protest. (He waited 3 hours, spoke for 22 minutes.) pic.twitter.com/SSnyeznZmF
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) September 28, 2018
All of which led to the inevitable question: “Did he claim to be #Spartacus before departing?:
Did he claim to be #Spartacus before departing?
— Joel Kellen (@t44fts) September 28, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Booker said he could not be part of what will likely be looked back on as a dark moment. "With that sir, I will leave." https://t.co/xSphWp7Oau
— Erica R. Hendry (@ericarhendry) September 28, 2018
Booker wants to be president soooo bad. The coffee moment yesterday, this today, it's palpable even through a screen. Which is why, even more than that I fundamentally disagree with him politically, I realllllly really hope he never gets it. https://t.co/xfGUqx2B3y
— labeatz⛈ (@coldpizzaparty) September 28, 2018
he said, "i'm out because i am a walking contradiction." https://t.co/gdFr6pYdEz
— ashley🥀 (@_ashleyroyalle) September 28, 2018
He knows where his political bread is buttered. Plays the game well…and he is playing a game. If one wants to make the most informed decision they stay and listen to everything. He wouldn’t confirm Jesus is Trump put him before them.
— Gen. Buck Turgidson (@BuckTurgidson_) September 28, 2018
Spartacus is a Fraudacus!
— DrMike🇺🇸 (@DrMjac2006) September 28, 2018
You walked out in protest!
— Slade O’Brien (@SladeOBrien) September 28, 2018
Booker's self awareness level: 0 https://t.co/gH98gOVbm3
— NoOneOfConsequence (@StarDogCh4mpion) September 28, 2018
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