Booker: Trump is 'Turning the Moral Leadership of This Country into a Dumpster Fire'
2020 hopeful joins with Trump-bashing during Democratic debate
2020 hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) accused President Donald Trump of “turning the moral leadership of this country into a dumpster fire" during Tuesday's CNN-New York Times Democratic debate.
“First of all, understand that this president is turning the moral leadership of this country into a dumpster fire."
"We literally have great generals like Mattis, who sit on the world stage, the United States of America, there can be no better friend than the United States of America and no greater enemy than the United States of America," he continued.
Booker then brought in the debunked Russia connection to blast Trump.
"This president has turned that upside down and is doing things to undermine our critical alliances and partner with Russia," he stated.
"So clearly to your question, number one, we cannot allow the Russians to continue to grow in influence by abandoning the world stage. We cannot allow Russia to not only interfere in the democracies of the Ukraine and Latvia, Lithuania, but even not calling them out in their efforts to interfere in this democracy are unacceptable.”
Booker also went after moderators of the debate, saying that a question about former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine was “offensive.”
“I just want to say, as a great New Jerseyan Yogi Berra said, I am having Déjà vu all over again. I’m having Déjà vu all over again first of all, because I saw this play in 2016’s election," Booker said.
"We are literally using Donald Trump’s lies, and the second issue we cover on this stage is elevating a lie and attacking a statesman,” he added.
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“That was so offensive! He should not have to defend ourselves, and the only person sitting at home that was enjoying that was Donald Trump seeing that we are distracting from his malfeasance and selling out of his office. And I’m having Déjà vu all over again.”
Booker’s criticism was sparked after moderators asked Biden and his son Hunter’s business in Ukraine.
Biden's 2020 campaign sent a warning last week to his Democratic rivals, not to mention “discredited lies” about the former vice president's son Hunter and their family's dealings in Ukraine, during the next presidential debate - which went unheeded by moderators.
The Biden campaign warns that any presidential candidate who “calls themselves a Democrat” must refrain from repeating the allegations.
A Biden aide warned anyone who “calls themselves a ‘Democrat’” from pushing the “discredited lies.”
If they choose to do so, they “would be making a profound statement about themselves,” the aide said, according to Bloomberg.