As Twitchy told you earlier, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker revealed his private pain when he told DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that he cried “tears of rage” when Dick Durbin told him about “shithole countries.”
But while it’s fun to point and laugh at Booker’s embarrassing display, it also raises an important question: Why did Booker think it was acceptable for him to berate Nielsen like that?
Watch the video again:
"When Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage," Booker says. "And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the questions of my colleagues … with tens of millions Americans hurting right now because they're worried about what happened in the White House." pic.twitter.com/0MS9t8WWM0
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 16, 2018
Something’s not right.
— Darlene Chasez (@ChasezNY) January 16, 2018
Thank you @CoryBooker! Many of us feel this same passion! Fight for them! XoXo
— Krista? (@KristaSuchowski) January 16, 2018
YES! Finally somebody says it out loud!!! Don’t lie Nielsen…you are bought and paid for!!!
— Patricia Doster (@AccutaxP) January 16, 2018
Senator Cory Booker just took the smile off the face of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's face.
I stand up and applaud the passion and outrage he is expressing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Thank you Cory Booker. pic.twitter.com/jypFBJgfHP
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) January 16, 2018
The most powerful speech in decades from a Senator with balls, compassion, and smarts. Truth to Power. Rock on, Cory.
— SafariSoul (@sherrypaul) January 16, 2018
Why aren’t liberals up in arms about this?
He yelled at a woman and none of the feminists seem to care. https://t.co/dumc38xm1H
— RBe (@RBPundit) January 16, 2018
We thought Democrats were supposed to be the Party of Women.
Tfw you're a woman who has achieved one of the most important cabinet positions but you're still forced to sit through a hearing full of men venting their emotions at you pic.twitter.com/PBqw75ppyx
— Joey Taylor (@Joseph_Taylor) January 16, 2018
Alternative Headline: Senator Perpetuates War on Women with Tirade in Hearing.
— Steve Eubanks (@jseubanks) January 16, 2018
I'm going to guess the prevailing narrative isn't "male senator bullies woman in front of crowd?" We getting thinkpieces on the societal failings that led Booker to treat Nielsen this way? No? Anyone? https://t.co/QamejvcpS7
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 16, 2018
Last year, the media blew up at Burr for nicely asking Kamala Harris to stop badgering a witness during a hearing.
This year, Cory Booker basically screams at Nielsen during a hearing. No outrage defending her.
Wonder what the difference between the two is?
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) January 16, 2018
Here is the worse one. This is unreal how he speaks to her.https://t.co/BQ8VT5Kpaf
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) January 16, 2018
Booker the bully. https://t.co/zHG7ZtKt2X
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) January 16, 2018
@CoryBooker is a jerk and a bully.
— ToBellaG (@ToBellaG) January 16, 2018
— Chuck (@cfiterman) January 16, 2018
FYI, if ANYONE talked to me this way they’d be very sorry. This is unacceptable behavior from Booker. https://t.co/x5O5H8YtTU
— Heather (@hboulware) January 16, 2018
So it's ok for this fucking bully to scream at and berate a female Trump official? How is this not verbal abuse? https://t.co/tDzTRhATyr
— Julie Kelly (@julie_kelly2) January 16, 2018
— Timothy J.S. (@zigzagtshirt) January 16, 2018
Don’t hold your breath.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.