Cory Booker Warns of ‘Moral Vandalism’ in Speech on Anniversary of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’

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Cory Booker joined the “Bloody Sunday” March and commemorative breakfast on Sunday to deliver a message of unity on the anniversary of the historic Selma, Alabama demonstrations.

This re-enactment was held in honor of the 54th anniversary of the March held by civil rights activists, who were brutally attacked by police while walking fifty-four miles from Selma to the state capitol to protest for voting rights protections.

Booker tweeted his support the day before the event, sharing his campaign video where he attests much of his personal success to the civil rights activism of black lawyers who advocated against discriminating his parents for housing based off their skin color.

“Never forget where you came from or how many people had to sacrifice to get you where you are,” the presidential hopeful tweeted. “We all stand on the shoulders of those who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.”

Booker kicked off the day at a commemorative breakfast in Selma to deliver his first of two speeches in honor of the event.

He expressed how thankful he felt to look back on the progress of history but also wasn’t so optimistic about the trajectory of the nation. He stated, “I am proud to be here to remember our history but I worry now that we are at a point in our country where we see a moral vandalism that is attacking our ideals and beliefs and eroding the dream of our nation.”

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In his speech, the presidential candidate gave a call to action for those who attended the breakfast. “You cannot preach right and do wrong. You can’t come to Selma to remember what happened in the past and leave here and forget the obligations of the present. We don’t honor our history by talking about it. We honor our history by letting it inform us in the work that we have to do.”

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Later in the day, Booker addressed attendees of the Selma “Bloody Sunday” March as the keynote speaker, saying, “We come together to honor the sacrifices today, but we also know that the only way we can honor the work that was done before us is recommitting ourselves to it.”

He continued, “The challenges we face, people want to make it just about the people in the highest offices in the land, people who traffic in hatred, people from offices that can’t even condemn nazis or white supremacists.”

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The march was also attended by other high-profile names including Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Reverend Jesse Jackson.

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An idiot, full of sound and fury.

Word salad much Cory? MLK did it better. HE could sell a non sequitur like “arc of history”. You not so much.

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