Cory Booker became emotional and moved Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to tears during her final confirmation hearing on Wednesday as he expressed “joy” at her historic nomination.
The New Jersey senator declared that he’s “not letting anybody” steal his joy over Jackson’s nomination before recounting an instance in which a woman accosted him during a jog because “she just wanted to touch me … because I’m sitting so close to you.”
Booker then explained what Jackson’s nomination means to him.
“I want to tell you when I look at you this is why I get emotional,” Booker told her. “You’re a person that is so much more than your race and gender. You’re a Christian, you’re a mom. You’re an intellect.”
President Biden had vowed to exclusively consider only black women to serve on the Supreme Court.
Cory Booker tells Ketanji Brown Jackson “I am in joy” and “when I look at you, this is why I get emotional!”
He adds: “I‘m sorry, you are a person that is so much more than your race and gender… nobody is going to steal that joy!”
KBJ then starts wiping away tears. pic.twitter.com/drg9ipKCtf
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 23, 2022
Cory Booker and Ketanji Brown Jackson Share a Cry
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Senator Cory Booker reiterated to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson that nobody is going to “steal his joy” over her nomination.
“For me, I’m sorry, it’s hard for me to look at you and not see my mom, not to see my cousins,” Booker said, as he cried. “One of them who had to come here and sit behind you.”
“I see my ancestors and yours,” he continued. “You have earned this spot, you are worthy.”
Cory Booker’s fawning over Judge Jackson makes her cry. pic.twitter.com/elrTH4FEhG
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 23, 2022
As Booker’s speech prattled on, Jackson joined in the emotional moment with tears rolling down her cheeks. The judge wiped them away with a tissue.
“Don’t worry, my sister,” Booker continued, his voice quivering. “Don’t worry. God has got you.”
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has earned this moment in history, she is worthy, she is a truly great American. pic.twitter.com/A5igQ4Efnn
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) March 23, 2022
What a Performance
With the Academy Awards scheduled for this weekend, judges may want to reconsider the nominees after this performance. Oh, I don’t doubt Jackson’s tears are genuine hearing a sitting senator gush over her historic achievement.
But Booker is definitely a ‘look at me’ drama queen and there was very little that could be considered genuine about his ’emotional’ speech.
For example, Booker took issue with Republican criticisms of Jackson’s record of lenient sentencing for several child pornography offenders while she served as a district judge.
Why won’t Chairman Durbin let Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson answer my question about why she gave a light sentence to a defendant who had 6,700 images of child pornography? pic.twitter.com/fo1bjeazJu
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 23, 2022
“This is a new low,” Booker said of the questioning, adding the allegations are “meritless to the point of demagoguery.”
This is odd, because the Senator, during the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, declared himself to be having a “Spartacus moment” as he fought to promote false accusations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court Justice.
Cory Booker says he will drop out of the presidential race very soon. He tried to launch his campaign with a phony attack on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and grandstanding in the Senate, but when he declared “I am Spartacus!” he became a punchline, not an icon. Oh well! pic.twitter.com/TVrbBsLTs6
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 22, 2019
Booker, during the hearings, also pretended to violate Senate Judiciary Committee rules by releasing confidential documents (even though they said he could) and dared them to do something about it.
You know you screwed up when even CNN calls you out for your “publicity stunt.”
Cory Booker’s “Spartacus” moment was a total failure. pic.twitter.com/U7lEMLOV4U
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) September 7, 2018
Even Booker’s claims about encountering a woman as he was jogging who “just wanted to touch” him are questionable. Does anybody remember his imaginary friend T-Bone?
It’s hard to take this man seriously when he espouses views of Ketanji Brown Jackson as a strong woman and cries about her representation of his mom when he falsely accused another nominee of sexual assault even as he, by his own admission, groped a friend in his teenage years even “after having my hand pushed away.”
I’m sure he cried then too.
The dramatics during the Kavanaugh hearings were so juvenile and embarrassing, even Justice Clarence Thomas made fun of Booker.
From last week, Justice Clarence Thomas: “Honorable – if we could use that word about more people who are in public life, people who actually ask the questions at confirmation hearings, instead of ‘Spartacus’…”
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 12, 2018
Booker was decidedly less weepy back in 2019 when he appeared on the “Late Show with Seth Meyers” and admitted his testosterone makes him want to punch President Trump in the face.
“Donald Trump is a guy who you understand he hurts you and my testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that,” Booker told Meyers.
“This physically weak specimen—but you see what I’m talking about here?”
.@CoryBooker: “My testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching [Trump], which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that — a physically weak specimen.” pic.twitter.com/IqOI9c5RMZ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 23, 2019
Physically weak specimen? If you could combine the testosterone levels of Booker and say, an Adam Kinzinger, you’d still fall short of that curly-haired dweeb in the ‘Pajama Boy’ ads.
This is, after all, the same guy who gleefully celebrates “shame-free breastfeeding” and a “no tampon tax.”
Love this pic.twitter.com/29mnPyc83a
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 24, 2017
Cory Booker, during the confirmation hearing for Ketanji Brown Jackson, spoke about abolitionist Harriet Tubman and how she used to look at the night sky looking for a star that was a “harbinger of hope.”
“I thought about her. And how she looked up, she kept looking up no matter what they did to her she never stopped looking up. And that star was a harbinger of hope,” Booker said.
“Today, you’re my star. You are my harbinger of hope.”
T-Bone was not available for comment.