November 30, 2022

Trump’s Homeland Security chief just defended his “shithole” claims at a hearing and Cory Booker made her pay

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During today’s Senate testimony on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) took President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to task for her refusal, to tell the truth about President Trump’s racist remarks during last Thursday’s meeting on immigration.


Nielsen argued that she didn’t recall that particular language being used and somehow failed to find any problem with the President’s statements. “I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language,” she said. “Others in the room were also using tough language.  I was struck more by the fact that the conversation — although passionate and appropriately so — had gotten to a place where many people in the room were using inappropriate language in the oval office in front of the President. That’s what struck me.”

Booker wasn’t having any of it.

“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!”

“When Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage. 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.”

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He went on to give the DHS a much, much needed public lashing for their insistence on ignoring white supremacists and the violence committed by bigots against people of color in favor of obsessing over the vastly overblown threat posed by foreign terror groups.

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“Since 9/11, 85 violent incidents – 73% were with people who hold hate and bigoted ideas about minorities. The Commander-in-chief in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and disgusting language. When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power, it’s a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity!” raged Booker at the overmatched and unprepared Nielsen.

Today was Booker’s first hearing on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he proved beyond doubt that he isn’t here to play games with Trump and his racist cronies.

The Trump administration has gone out of its way to fan the flames of racial and ethnic tension in the United States, and it’s wonderfully refreshing to see our elected officials taking such an impassioned stand for not only our DREAMERs but for the people of color across the nation who suffer from racism at the hands of Trump’s deplorable supporters.

Nielsen’s response speaks volumes about how the Trump administration feels about Booker’s remarks.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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