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Booker ‘outs’ Cruz as vegan; Cruz jokingly decries ‘scurrilous attack’

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) jokingly “outed” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as a “closet vegan” during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Thursday.

“Mr. Chairman, let me apologize upfront for this metaphor I am about to use. I know it will insult the two vegans on the committee — me and Sen. Cruz,” Booker said during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Booker’s comment sent the Judiciary Committee floor into laughter, with Cruz interjecting, “Point of personal privilege!”

“That may be one step below the Houston Astros thing,” said Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), referring to a playful joust that erupted in the committee on Wednesday after Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) called the MLB team “miserable cheaters.”

“I just want the people of Texas to know the truth — he is a closet vegan,” Booker said in jest.

On Twitter, Cruz jokingly decried Booker’s comment about his diet as a “brutal & scurrilous attack on this Cuban Texan carnivore.”


Booker also echoed earlier comments from Graham, saying the hearing over Barrett’s nomination was conducted with “decorum and professionalism.”

The panel is set to vote on Barrett’s nomination next week, with a full Senate vote expected before the end of the month.

“We have the votes,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky.

Tags Amy Coney Barrett Ben Sasse Cory Booker Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell Ted Cruz trump nominees Veganism

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