Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was enraged during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday and admitted he was "seething with anger" over President Trump's alleged "shithole comments" and a Cabinet official's statement that she did not recall the incident.
“I had tears of rage," Booker bellowed at Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in reference to when he first heard of Trump's "shithole countries" remark last week. "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 ..."
Cory Booker: "We have a history that is beautiful and grand and also ugly. From this nation to others, we know what happens when people are bystanders and say nothing." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/I43rklf1JB— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 16, 2018
"When the commander in chief speaks or refuses to speak, those words don't just dissipate like mist in the air. They fester. They become poison. They give license to bigotry and hate in our country," he said.
"When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power, it's a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity," Booker told Nielsen.
Booker was just one of a handful of Democrats on the committee who lambasted Nielsen over Trump's immigration and national security policies.