By J. Zamgba Browne
Sen. Cory Booker this week sharply criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; calling her “complicit” in President Trump’s bigotry for saying she doesn’t remember him making racist comments about Africa and Haiti at a White House meeting.
Secretary Nielson, who was testifying under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the panel she didn’t recall the president calling Africa a “shithole” or asking why the U.S. needs more Haitian residents.
Instead, the President expressed preference for immigrants from a white country such as Norway. Booker said it made him think about the time his own family was denied housing for being Black.
“Why am I frankly, seething with anger? You are under oath. You and others in that room suddenly cannot remember,”? said Booker.
“The idea that the commander-in-chief of this country can, with broad brushes, talk about certain nations and thus cast a shadow over the millions of Americans who are from those communities, and that you could even say in your testimony that Norwegians wee preferences because they are so hard-working,” said Booker.
According to Sen. Booker, tens of millions of Americans are worried about the racism coming out of the White House and asked the Secretary why she wasn’t doing more to stem an uptick in white supremacist violence in the country.
“Your silence and your amnesia is complicity,” said Sen. Booker who is reportedly seriously thinking about taking on Trump in the 2020 presidential election