Last week, Senater Cory Booker (D-NJ) delivered what should have been a death blow to the culture of overt racism that has begun sweeping the United States (again…*sigh*) since Trump was elected in November 2016. During a senate hearing regarding the President’s “Sh**hole Countries” remarks, Senator Booker verbally eviscerated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. After the Secretary claimed…under oath…to have no recollection of the statement, he went in…HARD. So hard that Republicans were jealous he could get away with Mansplaining Racism and the genocidal danger of Pacifist Racism.
His response was masterful (even as he held back tears to deliver it) passionate, and entirely on time. Unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears and worse, the Republican spin machine immediately kicked into full attack mode, accusing the Senator of Mansplaining Racism to the racist…an obviously inexcusable offense.
An article by Michael Ahrens posted to gop.com goes so far as to rename the Senator “Derogatory Cory”:
Picture it. A male Republican senator spends his entire 10 minutes “mansplaining” the female DHS secretary about immigration policy, throws around the term “conscientious stupidity,” yells at her the only time she tries to speak, and concludes his diatribe without even asking her to respond.
There’d be so many triggered Democrats that there’d be a hashtag within minutes, campus protests across the country, and the topic-du-jour for celebrities at Hollywood’s next award show.
But because the party affiliations were reversed, Derogatory Cory got nothing but praise from the selectively-outraged base he was clearly performing for yesterday.
Nevertheless, she persisted.
Unnerved by the sideline shots, Senator Booker stood his ground, responding to Republicans’ attacks by telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that his conduct during the hearing was “On Point”:
CNN’s JAKE TAPPER: I want to get to the larger issue of immigration in a second. But before do, I want to give you an opportunity to respond to the Republican National Committee, which this afternoon nicknamed you “Derogatory Cory”. And they wrote, picture it, a male Republican senator spends his entire 10 minutes mansplaining the female DHS secretary about immigration policy, throws around the term conscientious stupidity, yells at her the only time she tries to speak and concludes his diatribe without even asking her to respond.
The RNC seems to be suggesting that when it comes to a male senator berating a woman cabinet official, that there’s a double standard depending on the political party.
SEN. CORY BOOKER: Well, first of all, I’m glad they’re finally attacking me. They attack senators almost every single day.
But it’s a little insulting to say that I should be treating cabinet secretaries one way or another depending upon their gender.
And so, these are political operatives. I wish they would come out and deal with real issues like equal pay for equal work. But this is politics. I’m standing here as a United States senator in my official capacity, challenging a cabinet secretary who is lying before the Senate on an issue that affects my state as well as this nation, as well as internationally, something as serious as her lying about overt bigotry coming out of White House.
So, I’m — my conduct was on point. And my personal emotion in all of this should be understood. I will fight against bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia or wherever I see it, because I’ve benefited from people speaking up in years past and doing the same.
Once again, Republicans prove they’re willing to do anything to ignore, deflect from, or defend racism in all its forms, even if that means standing up to “misogyny”.
To be fair, they never actually said they have a problem with “Mansplaining” or misogyny.
They just have a problem with getting called out for it. Oh, and also they don’t like it when a Black man tells a white woman that racist pacifism is just as deadly and destructive as racist terrorism.