Cory Booker Annihilates Homeland Security Secretary For ‘Complicity’ In Trump’s Racism

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President Trump really wants his ignorant, racist, “sh*thole” comments to just go away, but that’s not happening anytime soon. No matter how many times Trump pushes the blame off on Sen. Dick Durbin and calls him a liar or makes up schoolyard bully nicknames for him, the truth is that other people who were in the room have confirmed that he used the word and that he explicitly said that he prefers immigrants from majority white countries over those from poor countries made up of black and brown people.

One of the other government officials present at that now infamous meeting, in which a bipartisan deal on extending the protections for those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in which Trump complained that we shouldn’t have all these people from “sh*thole” countries immigrating to the U.S., was Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Sitting in front of Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Nielsen was forced to answer questions about that meeting, and the questions from Sen. Booker got quite tense.

Nielsen did not deny the reported statements made by Trump, but repeatedly insisted that she could not recall what happened in a meeting that happened less than a week ago. Frustrated with her refusals to answer honestly, Booker took her to task.

‘The commander in chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vial and vulgar language — that language festers. When ignorance and bigotry is alive with power, it’s a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity.’

Trump has a lot of complicit people around him, people who profess to believe in equality and fairness and yet fail to denounce the president’s racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic words and actions. His own daughter, Ivanka Trump, styles herself as a feminist figure fighting for equality for women, yet was instrumental in the election of her father as president despite his deplorable comments and actions against women.

When called out on her complicity, the Ivy League educated first daughter insisted she didn’t know what “complicit” meant.

Perhaps this will help:

‘Complicit: choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.’

Booker continued to excoriate Nielsen for her feigned ignorance of Trump’s words, making an emotional plea for understanding of the impact he has on the country and the world.

‘When Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage. And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the questions of my colleagues … with tens of millions Americans hurting right now because they’re worried about what happened in the White House.’

The president and his supporters cannot lie, pass blame, or avoid responsibility for his disgusting words and actions, try as they might. Lawmakers like Cory Booker will make sure the world knows that the majority of Americans do not stand with this racist president who now sits in the Oval Office.

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