Cory Booker Makes Shocking Claim: Trump Is Not to Blame for Divisive Political Climate

Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) is not a fan of President Trump. Not even close.

During an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett in January, Booker slammed Trump, accusing him of “repeatedly lying to the American public” and “spreading propaganda to mislead the public.”

Okay, so let’s do a 180. Sort of.

Speaking at the 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference on Friday, the possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said Trump is not to blame for the divisiveness that now grips America.

Wait, so who is to blame?

The former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, believes that today’s level of “political disengagement” is the real culprit.

“Trump is not the igniting force. We have to understand this happens when people disengage.

It’s a message to all of us that if we do not participate, we are the source of the problem, not necessarily the elected official we don’t like.”

Booker went on to say that the notion of Democrat “tolerance” is misunderstood, and should give way to “love.”

“I tolerate a cold, OK? That’s not what we were called to do. We were called to love each other. Love says, ‘I see you, I recognize your value and worth.’ Tolerance builds fences, love tears them down.”

Setting aside the question of whether “love” drives the Democratic Party to consider the views of those with whom it disagrees, Booker said that social media creates a “lack of heroic humility” that “leads to a dangerous scenario where people don’t see each other.”

“We must give a sacred effort to cut through the divisiveness, to show a courageous empathy, to leave the geographic ideal of neighborliness and to be there for our neighbor.”

As for presidential aspirations, Booker pledged to continue to “tell the truth.”

“I am going to be fearless in telling the truth. I don’t care where it ends me up because I think when I go home to Newark, New Jersey, that’s what my community wants from me.”

As the old admonition says, a week is a lifetime in politics. Chances are, Corey Booker will be part of the future national political dialogue, regardless of whatever his thoughts about Trump might be.

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