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Booker's 'Spartacus' Circus Act

The NJ senator falsely claims to break Senate rules in order to falsely label Kavanaugh a racist.

Thomas Gallatin · Sep. 7, 2018

“I am going to release the email about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-2020) dramatically announced on Thursday, the final day of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He further opined of these Kavenaugh records and his actions, “I hope that they will bring charges against us and I am ready to accept with full responsibility what I have done.” In what might best be described as the climax of Booker’s disingenuous theatrics, he waxed eloquent, “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”

Before nominating him for an Academy Award, there’s just one problem: Soon after the performance was over, the claims of Booker’s “rebellion” quickly began to fall apart.

First, regarding the “confidentiality” of the emails, a representative from the George W. Bush library records, Bill Burck, stated, “We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker’s staff asked us to.” He added, “We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker’s histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly. In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public.” And the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed that “restrictions were waived before 4 a.m. this morning and made [the emails] ready for release. The senators were notified of this before speaking began this morning.” So, in short, the emails were not confidential and Booker was fully aware of this fact before he introduced them as such.

Second, Booker’s claim that the emails seemingly revealed that Kavanaugh had expressed racial bias by having approved of the practice of “racial profiling” proved to be unfounded — in fact, they showed exactly the opposite. In commenting on racial profiling following the government’s response to national security issues after the 9/11 attacks, Kavanaugh wrote, “The people who favor some use of race/natl origin [sic] obviously do not need to grapple with the ‘interim’ question. But the people (such as you and I), who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral in fact DO need to grapple — and grapple now — with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.” Clearly, Kavanaugh was concerned about race in profiling.

Finally, the real reason behind Booker’s theatrics is his posturing for a 2020 presidential run. In an interview on Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) observed, “That’s not the Cory Booker that I know that I watched on television. That is someone that is trying to position himself as the frontrunner so he can take on Donald Trump.” This explains why in a CNN interview, Booker continued to stick to his demonstrably false narrative, repeatedly insisting, “I am breaking the rules. … I am breaking the sham rules.” You see, he needs to maintain his “street cred” as a resistance warrior or risk losing his leftist base.


Update 9/20: Look’s like Spartucus has some “Roman” hands. A column he wrote in the early ‘90s admitted to groping an unwilling female classmate while he was in high school. Yet he now wants to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

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