Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has been heavily criticized for his theatrics at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, particularly after Republicans revealed that the "confidential" documents Booker published Thursday morning in supposed defiance of Senate rules had already been cleared for release.

Booker had dramatically said he would “knowingly” violate Senate rules to release emails marked "committee confidential" that showed Kavanaugh discussing racial profiling as a White House lawyer in 2002. Booker referred to his actions as an act of “civil disobedience” and said he was prepared to face punishment.

“This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment," Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire.

On "The Five" on Friday, Jesse Watters said Booker's big moment of supposed defiance totally fell flat.

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He said that Booker -- from his time in local New Jersey politics to his time as mayor of Newark -- has always been a "showboat" who liked the spotlight.

He pointed out that Booker has repeatedly engaged in political stunts over the years, including pitching a tent on a Newark street corner where crack was commonly sold, living in the city's projects, going on a 10-day hunger strike and donning a Kevlar vest to go on late-night ride-alongs with Newark cops

"Some of that stuff's good as a politician, because it shows that you care," Watters acknowledged.

"But when it becomes all about the spectacle of Cory Booker, you think to yourself, 'I think I smell a phony here.' And that's what I think I smell here."

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