Flailing 2020 presidential contender Cory Booker finally saw a chance to grab some of that fleeting spotlight last week when Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden made some exceedingly mild remarks about getting along with segregationist colleagues in the Senate. Though Biden went out of his way to note that he agreed with very little the segregationist Democrats had to say, merely the idea of having “civility” with those lawmakers was enough to send the modern leftists into apoplectics. And leading the pack of outrage was Booker.
“Vice President Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone,” Booker said.
For a half a second, you could almost believe that Booker was taking a principled stand. Hey, this guy says we should get along with people who would have us drink from separate water fountains? Is he serious?
But this week, when Booker refused to denounce raging anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, it became obvious that the New Jersey senator’s critique of Biden was based less on principle and more on opportunism. Or, putting it in an even less favorable light, he believes that black people deserve a “safer and more inclusive place” but not necessarily Jews.
Asked if he would meet with Farrakhan, Booker said: “I have met – I live in Newark so we have famous Mosque 25, we have Nation of Islam there. As mayor I met with lots of folks talking to him. I have heard Minister Farrakhan’s speeches for a lot of my life, so I don’t feel like I need to do that, but I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say. But, I live on a neighborhood where I’m getting guys on the streets offering and selling his works. I am very familiar with Minister Louis Farrakhan and his beliefs and his values.”
Well, then. That last statement means Booker will not have the chance, later on, to claim ignorance as to Farrakhan’s message, which has included comparing Jews to termites. And his preceding statement: “I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say” means that his criticism of Biden was utterly unwarranted and uncalled for.
Unless, again, Booker simply means that bigotry against black people is unacceptable while bigotry against other groups (that aren’t his own) is just dandy. Maybe the media will ask him which it is?
Yeah, probably not.