Cory Booker: It's now time to fight
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) urged Americans not to “curl up, give up or shut up” in an emotional Facebook post published the morning of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s inauguration.

“This is not a time to curl up, give up or shut up,” Booker wrote. “It is time to get up; to stand up, to speak words that heal, help, and recommit to the cause of our country.”

In a historic move, Booker recently testified against Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE (R-Ala.). Booker became the first sitting senator to testify at a confirmation hearing against another senator. Many speculated Booker’s decision to testify against Sessions could have been a first move toward a potential 2020 presidential bid.

“We had an election defeat, but we are not defeated,” Booker wrote. “We hurt, we fear, we may even regret that we did not do more. But character is not defined, forged or built in good times. The fire of adversity forges our steel.”


Booker said he would not join the nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers who will boycott Trump’s inauguration Friday. These Democrats are breaking with tradition after a divisive election. Many made the decision following Trump’s attacks on Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), after Lewis said he does not believe Trump is a “legitimate president.”

Booker will attend the inauguration, along with other Democratic colleagues, President Obama and Trump’s Democratic challenger Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE.

In his message, Booker urged Americans not to “surrender” or “forfeit” their values despite Trump’s imminent presidency.

“But let us never, ever, surrender, forfeit, or retreat from our core values, our fundamental commitments to justice over prejudice; economic inclusion over poverty and unmerited privilege; and, always, love over hate,” Booker continued. “Let us speak truth to power; fiercely defend those who are bullied, belittled, demeaned or degraded; and tenaciously fight for all people and the ideals we cherish.

“It is a new day. We love our country; we will serve it, defend it, and never stop struggling to make its great promise real for all. And no one gets a vote on that.”