Cory Booker: 'My testosterone sometimes makes me want to' punch Trump

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTrump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Booker says he will not make December debate stage White House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform MORE (D-N.J.) said Monday that while he sometimes feels like "punching” President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE, Democrats could not win by “fighting him on his tactics.”

Speaking to NBC's Seth Meyers, the 2020 presidential candidate recounted a past interaction with a supporter who suggested that he take a swing at the current president. 

Echoing comments he made in April, Booker said that while “my testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching" Trump, it wouldn't be good for the country or for Democrats as they seek to beat Trump in 2020.

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Referring to Trump as a "physically weak specimen," Booker said a punch would "be bad for the elderly, out of shape man that he is."

Democrats should not give into such instincts because “that’s his tactics,” Booker told the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” host, “and you don’t beat a bully like him fighting him on his tactics, on his terms, on his turf."

"He’s the body shamer. He’s the guy that … tries to drag people in the gutter,” Booker added of Trump. “This is a moral moment in America, and to me, what we need from our next leader, especially after the time of moral vandalism that we’re in right now, is … a leader that’s not going to call us to the worst of who we are but call us to the best of who we are.”

Booker also said Democrats must focus on developing a positive vision, not “talk[ing] about necessarily what we’re against, but what we’re for.”