On Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said millions of Americans are “complicit in evil” for supporting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Booker claimed that his opposition has “nothing to do with politics,” quickly adding that anyone who opposes his view is “complicit in the evil.”
“I’m here to call on folk to understand that in the moral moment there is no, there is no neutral,” he said. “In a moral moment there is no bystanders. You are either complicit in the evil, you are either contributing to the wrong or you are fighting against it.”
He then twisted the Bible to make his case.
“There is a saying from the Abrahamic faiths in one of the Psalms that says ‘Yea, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death,'” he said. “We are walking through the valley of the shadow of death but that doesn’t say ‘though I sit in the valley of the shadow of death.’ It doesn’t say that ‘I am watching on the sidelines of the valley of the shadow of death.’ It says, ‘I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death.’ It says, ‘I am taking agency that I am going to make it through this crisis.'”
Writing at the Daily Wire, Ryan Saavedra notes:
Psalm 23 never says “I am taking agency that I am going to make it through this crisis.” It says, “I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
Saavedra also reminds us that Booker has a history of making things up, citing The Weekly Standard, which said back in 2017:
Throughout his career, the New Jersey Democrat has displayed an extraordinary talent for urban story-telling, manifest in a Jimmy Breslin-like Newark drug pusher character named “T-Bone,” who Booker would often refer to in his speeches and campaign events. “T-Bone” was a compelling figure who represented the dangers of the mean, decaying urban streets Booker managed as mayor of Newark while at the same time standing for the hope and humanity only a transcendent leader like Booker could bring to New Jersey and the country at large.
“T-Bone” was too good to be true. And, as Eliana Johnson uncovered at National Review in 2013, he was completely fictional:
The tale is one Booker admits he’s told “a million” times, according to the Newark Star Ledger. Ronald Rice Jr., a Newark city councilman and Booker ally who has known the mayor since 1998, says the T-Bone story was “a fixture” of Booker’s unsuccessful 2002 mayoral bid against corrupt Newark political boss Sharpe James, perhaps for its symbolic value. In Booker’s mind, according to the city councilman, “It’s not so much the details of the story” that matter, but the principle that “these things happen, they happen to real people, they happen in the city of Newark.” Rice, a Newark native, says he doesn’t know whether T-Bone exists. But, he explains, “if Cory had to tell a story or two and mix details up for Newark to get the funding for it, I see that as something that’s taking tragedy and doing something productive for it.” The T-Bone tale never sat right with Rutgers University history professor Clement Price, a Booker supporter who tells National Review Online he found the mayor’s story offensive because it “pandered to a stereotype of inner-city black men.” T-Bone, Price says, “is a southern-inflected name. You would expect to run into something or somebody named T-Bone in Memphis, not Newark.”
Here’s video of Booker’s claim:
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