Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that'

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (D-N.J.) jokingly pushed back on one supporter who said he wanted the presidential candidate to "punch" President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE in the face.

While speaking to members of the West Las Vegas church on Saturday morning, Booker also shared a story in which he encouraged one of his own supporters against violence.

“I go to these meetings sometimes – I talk a lot about this one, the time where a guy comes up to me in the beginning before I spoke and he says to me, ‘I want you to punch Donald Trump in the face.’ And I looked at him and I go, ‘sir, that’s a felony,’” Booker said laughingly in audio of his remarks provided to The Hill, before adding, “and black guys like us we don’t get away with that. We don’t get away with that.”


Booker then said he told the supporter to listen to how he addressed issues.

“But I actually encourage him, I go, ‘Sir, listen to me, and then come up to me afterwards if you still think Donald Trump should be punched in the face.’ And I spent my time talking about the issues like I have here,” he said.

Booker also expressed discontent with notion that the America is a “nation of tolerance,” saying: “Go home and tell somebody you live with tonight that you tolerate them and see how they feel about that.”

“Now, we have become a nation that wants to talk about tolerance as if it's some kind of high idea,” he said while delivering remarks before congregants of the West Las Vegas church.

"No, we weren’t called to tolerate each other, we were called to love each other,” he continued. 

“I tell people that patriotism is love of country, but you can’t love your country unless you love your fellow country men and women,” he continued. “Now, you may not always agree with each other. Some days we may not like each other because sometimes we all behave a little ugly sometimes.” 

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“But love says it's unconditional and it says that if your child, if Jeremiah doesn’t have a great school to go to, then my child is lesser for it because they’re going to miss out on Jeremiah’s genius and his artistry and his innovation and his ideas,” Booker said. “Love says we’re all in this together. Love says, ‘I need you, that we have interwoven destinies.’” 

While discussing the current level of discourse in American politics today, Booker said he believes the country is experiencing “a moral moment and are we going to choose the low road of more hate and division and tribalism or are we gonna choose love.”

"The way we talk to each other. I mean, the disrespect that we show. We have people that hate even before you open your mouth just because you’re in a different party," Booker said.

“I’m going through all through this election unapologetically,” the New Jersey Democrat continued. “This is what makes me different than a lot of the other candidates in the race."