Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (D-N.J.) took issue with the language used by fellow presidential contender Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE on Friday when the former vice president said that a "kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger."
Biden made the remark Friday during a speech a day after engaging in a tense exchange with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisLive coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris Australia's COVID overreaction could come to US MORE (D-Calif.) over racial school busing at the Democratic primary debate on Thursday.
“We've got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger. Ladies and gentlemen, there are too many black men, and I might add women, in prison,” Biden said in Chicago.
But Booker took issue with Biden's comment, without specifying which portion of Biden's remarks the New Jersey senator disagreed with.
“This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way,” Booker tweeted.
This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way. https://t.co/c2BFSSOHro— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 28, 2019
Some critics echoed the New Jersey Democrat’s admonishment, calling out the use of the word "gangbanger" as having a racial component.
Biden's campaign did not provide comment about the pushback Friday.
Booker's Friday tweet comes after he called out Biden last week when the former vice president positively invoked his work with two segregationist senators.
In remarks at a fundraiser, Biden had reminisced about working with Sen. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Sen. Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) in the Senate decades ago, saying Eastland never called him “boy.”
“You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys.’ Men like James O. Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity,” Booker said in a statement.