'Your Amnesia Is Complicity': Booker Blasts DHS Sec'y Nielsen for Not Recalling 'S***hole' Comment
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker ripped Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for having "amnesia" of allegedly profane remarks by President Trump.
Booker, a Democrat floated as a possible 2020 Trump opponent, said he was not satisfied that Nielsen did not recall Trump referring to "s***hole" countries during a meeting about DACA and immigration policy.
"The commander-in-chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referr[ed] to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language," Booker said, repeatedly raising his voice at Nielsen.
"Your silence and amnesia is complicity."
Booker said the president disparaged immigrants in New Jersey who serve as entrepreneurs and service members.
Astonishing. The head of the department overseeing immigration enforcement has admitted, under oath, that she has not met with any Dreamers. pic.twitter.com/r5JMvjpudr
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 16, 2018
"The fact pattern is clear of the threat to this country," he said, saying that Trump's language "festers" and proves that "ignorance and bigotry aligned with power is a dangerous force in our country."
Cory Booker to Nielsen: "Your silence and your amnesia is complicity." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/dWnaMt6gCa
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 16, 2018
Booker said he was in Puerto Rico meeting with hurricane victims when Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) contacted him to recount what he heard Trump say in the meeting.
"I hurt," Booker said, adding that he then cried "tears of rage" at Trump while continuing his work on the storm-battered American protectorate.
At the close of his remarks, Booker addressed committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), saying he was glad to be on the panel and able to address his concerns to Nielsen directly.
"We're glad you're here too, Senator Booker," committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) quipped in response.
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