Booker admonishes Biden for language used defending a 'kid wearing a hoodie'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerUSAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill MORE (D-N.J.) took issue with the language used by fellow presidential contender Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks 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 Devi HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-Calif.) over racial school busing at the Democratic primary debate on Thursday.

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“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.

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.