Following a brilliant performance by a young rising star Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philidelphia, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seems to have a new Twitter target, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Booker electrified the convention with an intelligent, thoughtful, and passionate speech that solidified his place as a future presidential contender.
The Senator even managed to score some points against Trump while making the most passionate case for “Bernie or Bust” protesters to support Hillary Clinton. Booker said:
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My fellow Americans, we cannot fall into complacency or indifference about this election, because still the only thing necessary for evil to be triumphant is for good people to do nothing. My fellow Americans, we cannot be seduced into cynicism about our politics, because cynicism is a refuge for cowards and this nation is and must always be the home of the brave.
Booker concluded by including one of Clinton’s most powerful campaign slogans, “Love Trumps Hate.”
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Here in Philadelphia, let us declare again that we will be a free people. Free from fear and intimidation. Let us declare that we are a nation of interdependence, and that in America love always trumps hate. Let us declare, so that generations yet unborn can hear us. We are the United States of America; our best days are ahead of us.
Trump’s “classy” response came in the form of a very awkward veiled threat on Twitter.
If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future! I know more about Cory than he knows about himself.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
On Tuesday morning Booker appeared on CNN, and the senator was asked for his response to Trump’s bizarre veiled threat. That’s when the Senator shocked everybody and hit Trump with a weapon that he wasn’t expecting.
I love Donald Trump — I’m going to say that,” Booker said. “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. I know his kids and his family… are good people.
Booker made it clear that he had no intention of answering hate with hate, he said he wanted to rise above the low road Trump’s chosen to take.
I love you, Donald — I pray for you,” he said. “I hope that you find some kindness in your heart, that you’re not going to be somebody who spews out insults to your political opposition, that you’re going to start finding some ways to love… I’m going to keep loving on him. I’m going to tell the truth about him, but I’m going to keep loving on him, praying for the best for him and his family.
But the Senator also had a warning for the hyperbolic billionaire bully:
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That kind of vitriol, that kind of meanness has no place in the presidency. Bring it on Donald, show your truth. I’m gonna show mine. Love you brother.
And that’s how we beat Donald Trump and those who follow his path.
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