June 4, 2020
Race in America: A Conversation with Sen. Cory Booker
Thousands of protestors in at least 140 cities across the country have poured into the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in police custody. While many of the protests have been peaceful, the destruction of property and looting have led to curfews in major cities and the deployment of The National Guard in more than two dozen states.
On Thursday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. ET, Washington Post Live hosted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former mayor of Newark and former Democratic presidential candidate. Booker discussed the lack of accountability and unchecked bias in policing and his push for a holistic set of reforms to address broader systemic racism in America.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced new charges against the four former police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) says he thinks the charges give a sign of hope that justice might be served. ‘I think the up-charges are very good things and give some sign of hope that there’ll be justice done in a country that has under-prosecuted police officers that have done wrong.’
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When asked whether he thinks Gen. Mark Milley or Defense Secretary Mark Esper should resign given their objection to President Trump’s handling of protests, Sen. Booker said, “I think there is just a complicity with things where people are showing a loyalty to party over a loyalty to country with things we know are wrong.”
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When asked whether he thinks any of his Republican colleagues will speak out against President Trump’s handling of protests, Sen. Cory Booker said, “A handful have had the courage, even if it is weakly, to condemn those actions. I know that there is a lot at stake…This is so much bigger than party…To allow party to be so co-opted by authoritarian leadership that would so disrespect, not just disrespect but devastate, viscously attack sacred principles. This is a test, not of Trump, we know who he is. This moment in history is a test of who we are as a nation, and how deep is our love.”
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Sen. Cory Booker
Cory Booker was raised in Harrington Park, living his life as a proud New Jerseyan. Booker received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and went on to study at the University of Oxford. At the age of 29, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council from the city's Central Ward. In the 17 years since, Booker has worked tirelessly at the local and national levels to improve the lives of New Jerseyans and Americans. Starting in 2006, Booker proudly served as Newark's mayor for more than seven years. During his tenure, the city entered its largest period of economic growth since the 1960s. On October 16, 2013, Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. On November 4th, 2014, Senator Booker was re-elected to a full six year term. As New Jersey's junior Senator, Cory Booker has brought an innovative and bipartisan approach to tackling some of the most difficult problems facing New Jersey and our country.
Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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