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Cory Booker blasts Trump’s cabinet appointments

Glenn Townes | 11/30/2016, 1:33 p.m.
New Jersey's senator Cory Booker slammed Presidential-elect Donald Trump’s recent cabinet administration appointments, calling some of the appointees a “setback” ...
Cory Booker

New Jersey's senator Cory Booker slammed Presidential-elect Donald Trump’s recent cabinet administration appointments, calling some of the appointees a “setback” in the future growth and prosperity of America.

Booker, who recently spoke to the media via satellite, said Trump’s recent cabinet selection to key positions is cause for concern. Specifically, Booker called Trump’s selection of Alabama senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and Stephen Bannon as “alarming.” Bannon was executive chair of Breitbart News, a far right wing news, opinion and commentary web site. “Bannon regularly spewed racist, xenophobic and homophobic commentary and his choice as chief strategist is alarming,” Booker said.

For Booker, who was a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia in July, President-elect Trumps acrimonious and vehement rants via social media and other venues is indeed troubling. “{I don't want} Trump to enter the White House spewing that kind of mean spirited hate that doesn't event belong in a playground sandbox,” Booker said.

In response to previous criticism from Booker and other Democrats, Trump has tweeted that if Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, then they have no future.

Booker, 47, is said to be on a list of contenders for a possible run for governor of New Jersey in 2018 and has also been compared to President Barack Obama. However, the social media darling, with nearly 2 million Twitter followers and a close friendship with media mogul Oprah Winfrey and sidekick Gayle King, has repeatedly dismissed rumors of a governorship—at least for the time being. “My next election isn't until 2020 for the Senate. The focus for me is regaining control of the Senate and doing the best job as senator for all New Jerseyans.”

Booker continues to tour and promote his book, “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good,” a semi autobiographical account of his rise to power in the world of politics. The book was released nationally in February.