Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerMaternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-N.J.) criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenUS to restart 'Remain in Mexico' program following court order Far-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work Ex-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP MORE as complicit with President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE for saying she did not hear him say the United States should not accept immigrants from "shithole countries."
"When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power, it's a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity," Booker told Nielsen during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Nielsen said during questioning at the hearing that it was "possible" Trump used the vulgar term to describe Haiti and other countries during an Oval Office meeting attended by several lawmakers, but she could not hear him using the expletive.
"It was a meeting of 12 people. There was cross-talk," Nielsen told the panel. "Anything is possible. I can't testify to what I don't know."
Booker, an African-American senator, called Trump's reported remarks "the most vile and vulgar language."