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Spartacus Of Newark's Performance History

- September 6, 2018

ACTOR/SENATOR CORY BOOKER’S (D-NJ) STUNT FROM THIS MORNING ISN’T THE FIRST TIME HE HAS PUT ON A PERFORMANCE FOR THE CAMERAS

During The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing For Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Booker Claimed He Was Releasing Documents That Could Lead To His “Potential Ousting From The Senate”

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Started The Third Day Of Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearing By Stating He Was Releasing Confidential Emails For Which He Could Be Ousted From The Senate. “‘I’m going to release the email about racial profiling," Booker, D-N.J., said at the start of the third day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.’” (Herb Jackson, “Cory Booker Releases Confidential 'Racial Profiling' Kavanaugh Emails,” USA Today , 9/6/18)

After Threatening To Release The Confidential Email, Booker “Challenged His Colleagues To Try To Expel Him For Breaking Rules.” “Sen. Cory Booker challenged his colleagues to try to expel him for breaking rules he opposes Thursday after promising to release an email including comments by Judge Brett Kavanaugh about racial profiling that has been deemed confidential.” (Herb Jackson, “Cory Booker Releases Confidential 'Racial Profiling' Kavanaugh Emails,” USA Today , 9/6/18)

Senator Booker Claimed That His Violation Of The Chair’s Rule On The Committee Confidential Process Was His “Spartacus” Moment. “Booker maintained that while he did willingly violate the chair's rule on the committee confidential process, he did so because he ‘sincerely believes the public deserves to know this nominee's record.’ ‘Bring the charges, go through the Senate process to take on somebody you said is unbecoming to be a Senator. Let's go through that process because I think the public should understand that at a moment someone is up for a lifetime appointment...I hope they'll follow through.’ The Democrat, citing his colleagues' support, touted his ‘I am Spartacus’ moment in the Senate.” (Emily Tillett, “Cory Booker Releases "Committee Confidential" Documents During Kavanaugh Hearing,” CBS , 9/6/18)

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But It Was Later Revealed That The Emails Booker Released Had Already Been Approved To Be Made Available To The Public

Fox News’ Shannon Bream Notes That “Senate Judiciary Staffers” Say That The Documents That Booker Released “Were Already Agreed To And Cleared.” “Senate Judiciary Committee staffers tell our @GriffJenkins that the documents SenBooker released today were already agreed to and cleared late LAST NIGHT. Not clear exactly which senators knew that before Booker publicly announced he was willing to violate policy and release.” (Shannon Bream, Twitter Feed , 9/6/18)

Before Announcing That He Was Willing To Break Senate Rules To Release Confidential Senate Emails, The Senator Knew “That The Documents In Question Had Already Been Cleared For Release.” “So, now we're being told (by Committee staffers) that SenBooker knew BEFORE he made these statements - that the documents in question had already been cleared for release. That's a significant claim to make, so I've asked his office directly. Will update if/when I get response.” (Shannon Bream, Twitter Feed , 9/6/18)

Booker Has Been Using His Performances In The Kavanaugh Hearings To Fundraise For His All But Announced 2020 Campaign

On The First Day Of Hearing For Judge Kavanaugh, Booker Sent An E-Mail To Supporters That “All Americans Should Be Concerned” By Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination To The Supreme Court, And Cited That He Would A “Direct Threat” To The Special Counsel Investigation. “In the email, Booker, D-N.J., argued that all Americans should be concerned ‘about what it would mean for our country if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court,’ citing the federal appeals court judge's record on abortion and healthcare. He said Kavanaugh ‘was the one judge on President Trump's shortlist who poses a direct threat to the integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.’” (Naomi Lin, “Cory Booker 'pathetic' for fundraising off Kavanaugh,” The Washington Examiner , 9/4/18)

A Campaign Spokesperson For Booker Disputed Claims That The Email Was Soliciting Funds, But “Upon Signing Up, The User Is Taken To The New Jersey Democrats’ Website Which Prominently Displays Tickets For Sale For An Upcoming Conference.” “A spokesman for Booker's campaign disputed McDaniel's claim, saying the email was not soliciting funds, but rather collecting signatures. Upon signing up, the user is taken to the New Jersey Democrats' website which prominently displays tickets for sale for an upcoming conference.” (Naomi Lin, “Cory Booker 'pathetic' for fundraising off Kavanaugh,” The Washington Examiner , 9/4/18)

BOOKER HAS A HISTORY OF EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH TO PROMOTE HIS IMAGE

Liberal Publications And Strategists Have Characterized Booker As A Self-Serving Camera Hog Who “Sacrifices A Sense Of Authenticity” For “Performance”

The New Republic Has Declared That Booker Is “Only Interested In ‘Agitating For The Cause Of Himself’" “The New Republic declared Booker only interested in ‘agitating for the cause of himself’ and doing the bidding of ‘the moneyed classes.’” (Molly Ball, “Why Do Liberals Hate Cory Booker?,” The Atlantic , 8/23/13)

In 2013, Salon Called Booker “A Camera Hog, And A Political Cipher.” “Salon called him ‘an avatar of the wealthy elite, a camera hog, and a political cipher.’” (Molly Ball, “Why Do Liberals Hate Cory Booker?,” The Atlantic , 8/23/13)

Democrat Strategist David Axelrod Claimed That Booker’s Flair For The Dramatic Can Sometimes Go “A Bit Too Far” Where He “Sacrifices A Sense Of Authenticity” For “Performance.” “Axelrod currently leads the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. He recently hosted Booker there, and the strategist left with the impression that Booker’s flair for the dramatic can sometimes go ‘a bit too far’ and reach a place where the senator ‘sacrifices a sense of authenticity’ for ‘performance.’ Axelrod offered up a classic piece of baseball lore from the early days of Dodgers pitching great Sandy Koufax as advice for Booker.” (Hunter Walker, “Is Cory Booker For Real?,” Yahoo , 5/8/18)

One Of Booker’s Former Campaign Managers Criticized Booker’s Lofty Rhetoric, “Where Is The Proof In The Pudding,” People Want To See Action Not Just Talk. “Van Parish, who managed the first mayoral campaign, explained how the lofty rhetoric could be a ‘challenge’ for Booker. ‘I would say he’s for real,’ Parish said. “What people are going to be skeptical about is, Where is the proof in the pudding? What has he done? Where is the manifestation of all of the rainbows and unicorns? He’s so good talking about the challenges that we face, but what has he done?’” (Hunter Walker, “Is Cory Booker For Real?,” Yahoo , 5/8/18)

Booker Has Always Recognized The Importance Of National Publicity, And Since His First Run For Mayor, In 2002, He Has Had A Camera Following His Every Move

“Booker Himself Has Scripted His Rise And He Has Made Sure Cameras Have Been There Each Step Of The Way, Earning A Reputation As A Glossy Publicity-Seeker.” “Booker himself has scripted his rise and he has made sure cameras have been there each step of the way, earning a reputation as a glossy publicity-seeker.” (Rory Carroll, “Cory Booker: Hope,Hype, - And Heir To Barack Obama?,” The Guardian , 8/24/13)

In 2002, Booker Lost His First Mayoral Campaign In Newark, But In The Process He Was Showcased In “An Oscar-Nominated Documentary, Street Fight,” Which Highlighted His Fight Against Former Mayor Sharpe James. “The self-confessed workaholic, a non-smoking teetotaller, lost the 2002 mayoral campaign but an Oscar-nominated documentary, Street Fight, showcased his battle against the corrupt incumbent.” (Rory Carroll, “Cory Booker: Hope,Hype, - And Heir To Barack Obama?,” The Guardian , 8/24/13)

After Winning In His Second Attempt At Newark Mayor, Booker Starred In A “Sundance Channel Documentary Series, Brick City.” “After he won the keys to city hall in 2006, a Sundance channel documentary series, Brick City, starred Booker as a charismatic leader valiantly tackling urban blight.” (Rory Carroll, “Cory Booker: Hope,Hype, - And Heir To Barack Obama?,” The Guardian , 8/24/13)

  • The First Season Of “Brick City” Closes With “Newark Mayor Cory Booker Brimming With Optimism For The City’s Future,” But By The End Of The Second Season Booker Is “Alone In A Room, Grasping His Head In His Hands.” “The first season of the documentary series ‘Brick City’ closes with Newark Mayor Cory Booker brimming with optimism for the city’s future. The second season ends with Booker alone in a room, grasping his head in his hands.” (David Giambusso, “‘Brick City’ Season 2: Cory Booker Looks To Newark’s Challenges,” The Star-Ledger [New Jersey], 1/28/11)

With Twitter, And His Uniquely “Flamboyant Style” Booker Has Been Able To Keep Himself Firmly In The Public Spotlight. “His flamboyant style and tweets – he has 1.4m followers – help keep him in the spotlight.” (Rory Carroll, “Cory Booker: Hope,Hype, - And Heir To Barack Obama?,” The Guardian , 8/24/13)

As Mayor, Booker Would Drive Around With A Police Scanner To Take Advantage Of Local Media Coverage

A High Ranking Former Member Of Booker’s Staff Confirmed That Booker Drives Around With A Police Scanner So That He Can Show Up To Police Incidents. “Booker drives around with a police scanner so that he can show up along with the police, said Jackson, who also owns a police scanner. That story was confirmed by a high-ranking former member of Booker’s staff.” (Charles C. Johnson, “Newark Activists Say Booker’s Fire-Rescue Story Is All Wet,” The Daily Caller , 10/13/13)

Booker Once Waited For News Cameras To Arrive Before Rescuing A Freezing Dog From A Porch . “In another case Booker waited to take a freezing dog off the porch until the news media appeared. ‘He made the police keep the dog on the porch until Channel 7 got there. He made them leave the dog there until Channel 7 came back around to film him take it off the porch. Are you serious? This stuff is not a joke.’” (Charles C. Johnson, “Newark Activists Say Booker’s Fire-Rescue Story Is All Wet,” The Daily Caller , 10/13/13)

Booker Took Credit For Putting Out A Mattress Fire That A Twitter User Drew His Attention To . “New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker, who is also the mayor of Newark, claimed credit for putting out a mattress fire on New Jersey’s Interstate 280. ‘There is a mattress on fire in the area which I think is between exit 14/15 on 280W…called police-no answer,’ a Hoboken woman tweeted at Booker Wednesday night. ‘On it,’ Booker replied, using the Twitter catch phrase he reserves for the times when he springs into action to help potential voters with their various problems. ‘Update: The [Newark Fire Department] responded at 10:31 and found a mattress had been burning. It was extinguished immediately,’ Booker later tweeted.” (Patrick Howley, “Cory Booker Takes Credit For Putting Out A Mattress Fire,” The Daily Caller , 8/22/13)

  • The Former Staffer Claimed The Fire Rescue Was Planned To Make Booker Look Like A Superhero, And That He Had A Poster Of Himself In His Office As Superman. “‘The plan at the time was to make the mayor look like Batman,’ said the staffer, who asked not to be identified. ‘He had a poster in his office of himself as Superman but with the S replaced with a B.’” (Charles C. Johnson, “Newark Activists Say Booker’s Fire-Rescue Story Is All Wet,” The Daily Caller , 10/13/13)

While Campaigning, Booker Would Often Tell Stories Of A Newark Character Named T-Bone Who Didn’t Actually Exist

Booker Allegedly Made Up A Character Named “T-Bone” That He Used For Heartfelt Stories In Stump Speeches. “But sources tell National Review Online that the central character in one of Booker’s oft-repeated stories — T-Bone, the drug pusher who the mayor has said threatened his life at one turn and sobbed on his shoulder the next — is a figment of his imagination, even though Booker has talked about him in highly emotional terms and in great detail.” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)

A Rutgers University History Professor And Booker Supporter Said The Mayor’s Made Up Character was Offensive Because It “Pandered To A Stereotype Of Inner-City Black Men.” “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.’” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)

Booker Told Stanford’s Alumni Meeting About The First Time He “Met” T-Bone Where He Tried To Introduce Himself And T-Bone Threatened Him. “The mayor has gone into painstaking detail about his experiences with the elusive T-Bone. ‘I still remember my first month on the street,’ he told Stanford’s alumni magazine in 2001 about moving into a crime-ridden area of Newark in 1995. “I walked up to this charismatic black guy my age called T-Bone, who was one of the drug lords,” Booker recounted. ‘I just said, ‘Yo, man, wha’s up.’ And he leaped in front of me, looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Who the blank do you think you are? If you ever so much as look at me again, I’m going to put a cap in your ass.’’ At Yale Law School in March 2007, he said he ‘used to sit there and watch [T-Bone] operate this street-level drug trade.’” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)

A University Of North Carolina Professor Investigated Whether T-Bone Existed And Couldn’t Find Anyone Who Had Heard Of Him. “Walter C. Farrell, a professor of social work at the University of North Carolina, tells me that he has long had ties to Newark and, upon hearing Booker recount his experiences with T-Bone, set out to look for him. ‘I’ve been up and down the streets and nobody’s ever heard of this T-Bone,’ says Farrell, who was in Newark when he spoke with me by phone. ‘You know a lot of politicians do that.’” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)

Booker, Who Was Raised In A Wealthy Borough Of New Jersey, Used The T-Bone Character Typically When Speaking Outside Of Newark. “Farrell argues that Booker serves up fables that appeal to his audiences. ‘Upper-middle-class white people love to hear these stories, you know, somebody who cares. So Cory Booker gave it to them and is still giving it to them,’ he says. Rice, the city councilman, echoed that sentiment, saying Booker tells the story ‘particularly to folks outside of Newark.’ Booker was raised in a wealthy borough of Bergen County, N.J., and has long battled skeptics in Newark who viewed him as an outsider and derided him as a tool of the country’s elite interests.” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)

Booker Reportedly Admitted To A Friend That T-Bone Was A “Composite” Of Several People. “Price considers himself a mentor and friend to Booker and says Booker conceded to him in 2008 that T-Bone was a “composite” of several people he’d met while living in Newark.” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)

Publicly, Booker Has Never Admitted T-Bone Was A Fabrication. “Booker has never publicly said that T-Bone does not exist. In fact, he has done quite the opposite. Andra Gillespie, the author of The New Black Politician (2012), writes: ‘For his part, Booker defended the veracity of this story to me, insisting that T-Bone really existed.’ The mayor told Esquire in 2008 that T-Bone is both ‘1,000 percent real’ but also an ‘archetype’ symbolic of Newark’s plight. Asked whether the mayor stands by his previous statements, Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis told me, ‘I think your questions have been answered a long time ago,’ but declined to specify further.” (Eliana Johnson, “The Newark Mayor Invented A Street Character For Dramatic Effect,” National Review , 8/29/13)


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