Trump's Homeland Security Director Goes Hard Of Hearing On The Nasty Word
Sen. Cory Booker goes neutron bomb, lights up the room like a flamethrower
January 17, 2018
Top photo: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker. Bottom: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Photos: YouTube
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- It was a ballistic put down for the ages and a must scene to include in the future Hollywood blockbuster about the arguably wild, strange and always interesting Trump Presidency.
The flamethrower scene came toward the end of a congressional oversight hearing Tuesday morning in the nation's capitol when Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed she didn't hear President Donald Trump say the words "shithole" or "shithouse" in that now infamous White House meeting on immigration last week, in essence claiming ignorance about Mr. Trump's reported slander of African nations during the gathering.
To Nielsen's claim, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker went ballistic, evoking with fire and passion the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and the "greatest heroes in this country who spoke out about people who have convenient amnesia or who are bystanders."
He went on to say: "The commander in chief in an Oval Office meeting referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language, that language festers. When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power it is a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity."
Booker, visibly angered, rolled forward saying he was "seething with anger" and talked of the "tears of rage" he shed when he first learned of the quote attributed to the President. "For you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues, saying, 'I've already answered that line of questions,' when tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because of what they're worried about happened in the White House, that's unacceptable to me," Booker said.
During the hearing Nielsen also claimed she didn't know if Norway was a mostly "white" country, as in a country with very few dark skinned people.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy was questioning Nielsen about that meeting she attended where President Trump reportedly labeled Haiti and nations in Africa as “shithole” countries and said the U.S. should be bringing people into America from Norway instead.
Leahy asked Nielsen whether Norway was a predominantly white country.
“I actually do not know that, sir. But I imagine that is the case," she replied.