Booker Claims Biden Is the ‘Architect of Mass Incarceration,’ Ties Him to Past Support for Crime Bill

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called former Vice President Joe Biden the “architect of mass incarceration” as their political feud deepens on the campaign trail.

Booker and Biden are two of the 24 Democrats running for the chance to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election. While many of the candidates have been taking aim at Biden as he leads the pack in many polls, Booker has been persistent in his criticisms of the former vice president.

As IJR previously reported, the two candidates got in a heated exchange in early June after Biden touted his record of work with several segregationist senators early in his career. While Biden intended the story to be about his ability to get things done no matter who he had to work with, some of his competitors found it to be racially insensitive.

Booker railed on Biden for his comments, demanding an apology. In turn, Biden fired back at Booker, demanding an apology for misconstruing his remarks to make them look racist.

Since then, the two have been extra critical of each other.

Booker reiterated this divide before a crowd at the 110th annual NAACP convention. During his speech, the senator referred to Biden as the “architect of mass incarceration” due to his support for the 1994 crime bill which many believe contributed to the high levels of imprisonment in the United States — which disproportionately impacts people of color.

Watch Booker’s remarks:

Biden didn’t take the jab sitting down. He claimed that Booker “knows that isn’t true,” and said that the senator is just as guilty for allowing “stop and frisk” policies when serving as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

Watch Biden’s response:

The feud between the two likely won’t die down anytime soon. They will be side by side on the CNN debate stage next week, alongside Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) who has also targeted Biden for his record on racial issues.

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contusion- you can’t make one post without calling someone a racist. You do know that the most racist people in the world are the ones that go around calling everyone else racist. And why is it that you NEVER call racist rhetoric from the left racism? What hurtful policies are you talking about? The policies that were in place before he was elected and that he is now enforcing? Those policies? Just how is he filling the swamp? The really confused are the ones that believe he “is an utter disaster”, like you. He is such a disaster that he’s… Read more »

General Confusion

“Is it me, or are the dims actually starting to eat themselves?” banstan You are confused, banstan, unless you know of a different way of whittling down a large number of candidates to a single candidate. May I suggest that exposing their terrible policy ideas or policy history is better than calling the opponents degrading niknames, such as “Little Marco Rubio” or “Lying Ted” thereby appealing to base instincts of only King Donald The Loser’s cult members? “If biden is “architect of mass incarceration”, that means all the dims rhetoric about Trump is a lie.” banstan How so? You are… Read more »


Is it me, or are the dims actually starting to eat themselves? If biden is “architect of mass incarceration”, that means all the dims rhetoric about Trump is a lie. cory booker is a true dim, doesn’t have a clue about what comes out of his mouth.





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