Booker Slams Biden’s Repeated Mistakes On Race: He’s Causing A Lot Of ‘Pain’

Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) speaks as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attends the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on September 4, 2018. - Presid... Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) speaks as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attends the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on September 4, 2018. - President Donald Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face punishing questioning from Democrats this week over his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion. Some two dozen witnesses are lined up to argue for and against confirming Kavanaugh, who could swing the nine-member high court decidedly in conservatives' favor for years to come. Democrats have mobilized heavily to prevent his approval. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 30, 2019 2:39 p.m.
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2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Sunday criticized Joe Biden’s defensive response to heightened scrutiny on his policies and comments on race.

“We all have [imperfections], but when it comes to difficult issues with race, if you can’t talk openly and honestly about your own development on these issues, I think it’s very hard to lead our country forward so that we actually can deal with our past and rise to a better common cause and common future,” Booker told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.

“Right now the vice president to me is not doing a good job at bringing folks together,” the New Jersey Democrat said. “In fact, he’s – and I’ve heard this from people all around the country – he’s causing a lot of frustration and even pain with his words.”

Biden’s spotty history with race resurfaced once again this week after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) took him to task during the Thursday night debate over his opposition to busing and his friendly relationships with hardline segregationists in Congress. Biden claimed Harris was mischaracterizing his position on busing.

Then on Friday, the former vice president had another verbal gaffe while discussing discrimination against black people in the criminal justice system.

“We’ve got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” Biden said.

Biden’s campaign spokesman later issued a statement saying that Biden was “calling direct attention to the daily experienced faced by many African-American men around the country and the perceived so-called ‘threat’” from people like Trayvon Martin.

Watch Booker below:

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