Insubstantial, grandstanding Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker (D-NJ) drew a torrent of backlash online for declaring that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination showed that an “extraordinarily talented” individual “who also happens to be a black woman” was something “we’ve never seen before.”
“I cannot tell you how happy I am,” he said in an emotional opening statement at Jackson’s confirmation hearing on Monday. “Today, we should rejoice because President Biden nominated someone that we’ve heard to be the 116th associate judge of the supreme court who is extraordinarily talented and who also happens to be a black woman — something we’ve never seen before.”
Booker was scorched online afterward.
“Is this a slap at Kamala?” asked Freedom Center founder David Horowitz.
“Wait, is Booker claiming that there has never been an extraordinarily talented black woman before?” another user asked.
“Wow, so Cory Booker has never seen an extraordinarily talented black woman before,” wrote another. “Ladies, I think Booker needs to be removed from the Senate immediately.”
“Corey’s never seen an extraordinary talented black woman? What a racist” another user wrote.
“That sounded racist AND sexist to me,” another user wrote.
“Reminds me of Biden saying, Barack Obama was ‘the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,’” one Twitter user wrote.
RNC spokesperson Paris Dennard called out Booker’s enthusiasm, claiming it would not have been the case in the event of a conservative nominee.
“I doubt Sen. Booker would have been so joyful and excited if there was a Black female Conservative lawyer or judge sitting in front of him to be on the #SCOTUS,” he wrote. “Democrats praise diversity when the person is Liberal and literally tear them down if the candidate is Conservative.”