Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions Biden says he will review executive actions after police reform talks fail MORE (D-N.J.) called President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE “worse than a racist” on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, comparing him to segregationist Alabama governor and presidential candidate George Wallace (D).
“This is a guy who is worse than a racist. He is actually using racist tropes and racial language for political gains, trying to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself,” Booker told guest host Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE.
"This is a guy who is worse than a racist," said 2020 candidate Cory Booker on #CNNSOTU. "We have a demagogue, fear-mongering person who is using race to divide. This is a referendum, not on him, it's actually a referendum on the heart and soul of our country." pic.twitter.com/e9ogmujAJi— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) July 21, 2019
Booker made the remark one week after a series of tweets from President Trump telling four progressive minority congresswomen to “go back” to other countries ignited a firestorm of criticism. All four congresswomen targeted by the tweets are U.S. citizens.
The New Jersey senator invoked Wallace last week as well after a chant of “send her back” erupted at a Trump campaign rally in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPentagon 'aware' of reports Wisconsin military base's struggle to feed, heat Afghan refugees Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill MORE (D-Minn.).
“My parents, my mom watched in black and white on TV, George Wallace with accusations of communism, the same language, the same bigotry, the same hate that we see now," Booker said on MSNBC Wednesday.
Booker told CNN that he viewed Trump and his rhetoric as another iteration of similar movements and rhetoric throughout American history.
“We have seen it with the Know Nothing Party, which was trying to stop Irish and German immigrants. We have seen it with McCarthyism. We have a demagogue, fear-mongering person who's using race to divide,” he told Bash.
The 2020 election, Booker said, was not a referendum on Trump himself, but rather “it's actually a referendum on the heart and soul of our country. Who are we going to be and who are we going to be to each other?”
Booker made a similar comment on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, saying Trump is "using race like a weapon."
.@margbrennan: “Are you accusing the president of being a racist?”@corybooker: “I’m accusing him of being worse than that. He is somebody that is using race like a weapon to divide our country against itself.” pic.twitter.com/42CwsQYyRk— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 21, 2019