June 29, 2022

Cory Booker just destroyed Trump’s new Secretary of State nominee over his bigotry [WATCH]

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Today, the Senate is holding confirmation hearings for Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s former CIA director who has now been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This gives our nation a much-needed closer look at the man who is going to be in charge of our nation’s diplomatic corps – and the hearing made it obvious that Pompeo has some serious red flags.


The problematic nature of Pompeo’s unrepentant intolerance towards Muslims and gays became very clear right off the bat, as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) challenged him on his bigotry – and Pompeo’s answers left much to be desired.

When asked if he believed being gay was a perversion, Pompeo waffled and ultimately refused to answer.

Later on, when pressed on his longtime association with professional Islamophobes like Frank Gaffney, Pompeo again refuses to condemn his old racism buddies and simply remains hems and haws.

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How Pompeo was able to breeze through his confirmation hearings the first time is still a mystery. Perhaps it was the flurry of having to run through so many hearings during the transition period – or perhaps it was the implicit acceptance that Islamophobia is tolerated, if not desired, for those working in our intelligence services.

Democrat Brian Schatz came out against Pompeo’s nomination today, but one wonders how Pompeo could have been considered an “adult in the room,” since he once implied that President Obama had a secret Muslim agenda and has been given awards by anti-Muslim hate groups. 

It just goes to show how tolerable Islamophobia is in the United States government – and how much more accountability we need to hold for our elected officials.

Mike Pompeo is an Islamophobe, a homophobe, and an unrepentant warhawk who has no business leading our State Department. Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on Pompeo’s confirmation.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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