Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist'

Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist'
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerProgressive commentator: Voters becoming weary of Warren policy proposals Saagar Enjeti: Warren, Buttigieg don't stand a chance against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump faces backlash for comparing impeachment to 'lynching' MORE (D-N.J.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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 BashCNN faces backlash for video highlighting white congresswomen as impeachment leaders Giuliani pulls out of event featuring Putin: reports Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE.




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 OmarTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' 2016 Sanders surrogate Lucy Flores endorses Warren 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."