Cory Booker preaches he’s an ‘exemplar’ above partisan politics – right before he walks out in protest

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

All of which led to the inevitable question: “Did he claim to be #Spartacus before departing?:

Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:


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