RNC accuses Booker of 'mansplaining' to DHS chief

The Republican National Committee (RNC) slammed Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerAnti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House House backs resolution expressing support for ICE Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women MORE (D-N.J.) on Wednesday, accusing him of “mansplaining” to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenSomalis in US to keep protected status Hillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Maxine Waters defenders gather to counter far-right protest that doesn’t happen: report MORE during her hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In an email titled “Derogatory Cory,” the RNC urged readers to “picture” a male Republican lawmaker “mansplaining” to a female Cabinet secretary.

“There’d be so many triggered Democrats that there’d be a hashtag within minutes, campus protests across the country, and the topic-du-jour for celebrities at Hollywood’s next award show,” the email reads. “But because the party affiliations were reversed, Derogatory Cory got nothing but praise from the selectively-outraged base he was clearly performing for yesterday.”

The email comes after Booker on Tuesday criticized Nielsen during an open hearing for claiming she did not hear President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE use the phrase “shithole countries” to refer to some African nations, El Salvador and Haiti during a meeting on immigration.

"When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power, it is a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity," Booker told Nielsen. 

Booker on Wednesday called Trump’s reported comments about immigrants “gut-churning,” blasting the president for what he described as bigotry. 

"It's not the vulgarity. It's definitely not the vulgarity,” Booker told CNN. “It's the bigotry and the discrimination that comes from the mouth of the president that, in our climate today, causes damage.”

The RNC email ended with the line "nevertheless, she persisted," a poke at the phrase inadvertently popularized as a feminist rally cry by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (R-Ky.) when he used it to refer to discuss the upper chamber's silencing of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (D-Mass.) last year.