Sen. Booker: Trump’s Criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar Was ‘Reprehensible’

By Melanie Arter | April 25, 2019 | 3:31 PM EDT

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

( – Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday called President Donald Trump’s criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) “reprehensible,” adding that it “should be condemned by everyone.”

During an appearance at the “She The People Forum” in Houston, Texas, Booker was asked what he would do as president “to protect the right of courageous women of color to criticize U.S. policy even when directed at allies.”

The woman who asked the question cited the backlash Omar received from both Democrats and Republicans for her criticism of the political influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in determining U.S. foreign policy, including funding of Israel.

“The criticisms of Congresswoman Omar, what Donald Trump has been saying about her is reprehensible. It is trafficking in Islamophobia, and it should be condemned by everyone. This kind of selective condemnation should be a chorus of people condemning it, and more than this, the kind of language our president uses, especially about black women in power, the kind of language this president uses, it is toxic,” Booker said.

The senator claimed that most of the terrorist attacks that occurred in the United States since 9/11 has been by right-wing extremists.

“It fuels the kind of hate we see in our communities, manifesting itself in the kind of terrorism that has been most seen in our nation since 9/11. Most of the terrorist attacks in our nation since 9/11 have been right-wing extremist attacks,” he said.

“The majority of those of have been white supremacist attacks, and so when you have a president uttering such bigotry and uttering such racist attacks, talking about nations where black and brown people have come from in this nation as s---hole countries, that is giving license to hate and to violence that we should not be tolerated,” Booker said.

The senator said it’s not enough for people to claim not to be racist, they must be “anti-racist.”

“And so it’s not just important to be an ally, as one of our great black women have said in the past, it’s not enough just to say, I’m not a racist. We must, where racism exists, be anti-racist, because if we are not dealing with this issue in our country, we will continue to see these kind of attacks, and we will continue to see the kind of vicious violence that has been affecting our nation from black churches to synagogues to Muslim mosques as well,” he said.


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