Senator Cory Booker has responded to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's tweet about his speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Booker, a senator from New Jersey, addressed the convention on July 25. The speech directly criticized Trump by name, saying that he “spews insults and demeaning words about our fellow Americans.” Booker referenced some of Trump’s remarks about women and minorities, his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants, and what he says was Trump’s mockery of a disabled person.
“I believe that this election is a referendum on who best embodies the leadership we need to go far together,” Booker said. “Donald Trump is not that leader.”
In a tweet sent out shortly after Booker’s speech concluded, Trump wrote, “If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future! I know more about Cory than he knows about himself.”
Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota asked Booker about the tweet for CNN’s “New Day” the following morning.
“I love Donald Trump,” Booker responded. “I don’t want to answer hate with hate. I’m going to answer it with love. I’m not going to answer his darkness with darkness.”
Booker joked that he had been feeling “left out” as Trump criticized Elizabeth Warren, John McCain, and “everyone else in the Senate,” so he was glad to be included. “Thank you, Donald, I finally feel important enough that you will attack me.”
When Cuomo pressed Booker on the tweet, asking again what Trump could mean by knowing “more about Cory than he knows about himself,” Booker dismissed the idea, saying, “He wants us to be speculating. It sounds so sinister.”
“I don’t care, I love you Donald. I pray for you. I hope that you find some kindness in your heart… that you’re going to find some way to love.”