Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said “we are a nation in crisis” in an interview Tuesday night on MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show.’
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC HOST: At the end of your first term, you have signaled you’re done with the Senate and you want to be president instead. Why that change?
SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): As a guy that led a city through crisis, we are a nation in crisis. We have people who are losing faith in our ability to solve our problems and more and more people in America just feel left out, left behind or that this democracy is not working for them and even worse than that, which speaks to my sort of sense of real crisis is that people believe the forces tearing us apart as a country are stronger than those that tie us together. Well, I reject that.
MADDOW: Be specific because that sounds like short rhetoric. What do people believe that is tearing us apart that’s winning?
BOOKER: So look, you have a person heckling the president of the United States. President Obama giving his State of the Union speech, a guy heckles him, and goes out the next month or next quarter and has one of his best fundraising quarters ever.
You have our major networks who get a lot of money often by telling us to hate each other. You have hate being spewed from the highest office in the land. You have people in my community who just think we have a criminal justice system that treats you better if you’re rich or guilty than poor and innocent. You have kids in my neighborhood who say they are used to people being arrested in my town for doing things that two of the last three presidents did. …read more