When I first saw the Cory Booker monologue regarding President Trump’s “shithole countries” comments, I thought it sounded impassioned. Then, I realized he was lecturing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as if she herself needed a history and morality lesson from his greatness, Cory Booker. He spoke to Nielsen as if she herself were a racist in need of a talking-to about her despicable moral character — as if she were responsible for comments that President Trump made. It was out of control inappropriate and caused me to lose quite a bit of respect for him.
Here’s the thing — Cory Booker is really good at social media. He loves Snapchat and I’m pretty sure he knows how to open up his phone and go on Facebook Live. He clearly had a lot to say about this issue and there were plenty of platforms on which he could say it. Unfortunately, he chose a public setting to insult and berate a female colleague in a way some are now calling “mansplaining.” Now, I don’t really believe in “mansplaining” — I think it’s a silly made-up term people use as an excuse (an irritating woman could be accused of “woman-splaining”) — it’s all really dumb. That being said, the Left loves this term and had Booker been a conservative politician lecturing say…Nancy Pelosi…you can bet there’d be an uproar about sexism or mansplaining.
There’s no honor in publicly attacking the character of a woman with whom you disagree. Take your monologue and put it in one of the myriad of other places available to you. Your adoring fans can watch it there — and it will be a whole lot more respectable too.
Watch it here if you can stand it: