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That was the claim New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker made Sunday in an interview where he compared the president to segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.
“The reality is, this is a guy who is worse than a racist,” Booker told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “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 compared the racist rhetoric at Trump rallies to news clips from the Deep South of the 1960s, specifically one ugly incident last week in North Carolina where the crowd chanted “send her back” after the president ranted against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a Muslim who was born in Somalia.
“I have seen this before — in black and white,” Booker said someone texted him during that rally. “Now I’m seeing it again decades later, where I thought our country was beyond this. I’m seeing this in full color.”
The president, who stood silent for 13 seconds until the chant died down on its own Thursday, has since said he “felt a little bit badly” about the crowd’s words, which closely mirrored his own rhetoric last week.
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
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