Back in the day, Senator Cory Booker kept trying to play the race card against Joe Biden, but was casually brushed off. Senator Kamala Harris was having too much fun playing the race card.
Now she’s out and Booker is gonna wear out that card.
“I’m just going to say it plain,” Booker said. “It is a problem that we now have an overall campaign for the 2020 presidency that has more billionaires in it than black people.”
I think Booker is actually quite happy that it’s working out that way. Even as he’s trying to portray Kamala as a martyr to American racism.
“It is a problem when an immensely qualified, widely supported, truly accomplished black woman running to lead the party — a party that is significantly empowered by black women voters — didn’t have the resources that she needed to continue here in Iowa,” he said, referencing U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who ended her presidential campaign earlier this week.
Kamala had raised $11 million. She didn’t have the poll numbers to continue.
But please, send Cory donations on her behalf.
“What message is that sending that we heralded the most diverse field in our history, and now we’re seeing people like her dropping out of this campaign — not because Iowa voters had the voice. Voters did not determine her destiny,” he said.
Yes, they did.
Poll numbers, including in Iowa, determined it. Had she had the guts to roll the dice and stay in the race, without spending a fortune, voters would have gotten their shot.
“I think, if I’m not on that stage, it’s a disservice to voters who want to see me next to other candidates as they’re trying to make their choice,” he said. “It ultimately is a disservice to voters not to have people with legitimate campaigns not on that field.”
If Booker is not on stage, it’s a disservice. To him. And his tiny base of supporters.
So Booker is going to garner attention with more tantrums.
“Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times, and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times. He’s very well spoken, he’s got some good ideas,” Bloomberg said.
Is Booker well spoken? This is very different than Biden’s comments about Obama which were racial.
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
You don’t need to puzzle over what’s wrong with that line. Bloomberg’s offensiveness is ambiguous at best. If mostly non-existent. He mentions that Booker is well-spoken and has good ideas. That’s a typical praise of a candidate.
But calling Cory Booker “well spoken” is racist.
“It’s sort of stunning at times that we are still revisiting these sort of tired, you know, tropes or the language we have out there that folks I don’t think understand. And the fact that they don’t understand is problematic.”
Calling Booker well spoken is problematic. Not because it’s racist, but because he isn’t.