Cory Booker Brings 'Church' to Philly

NJ senator takes on Trump's 'twisted hypocrisy' in DNC speech
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2016 9:29 PM CDT
Sen. Cory Booker speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Newser) – Some talked about immigration reform at Monday's Democratic National Convention; others talked about the Bernie or Bust crowd. But New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker had one thing on his mind at Philly's Wells Fargo Center: love and equality for all. With a rapt Bill Clinton watching in the audience, a hoarse-voiced Booker—who some Twitter users said brought "church" to the convention with his passion—used the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed as the backdrop to declare: "No matter who you are, rich or poor, Asian or white, man or woman, gay or straight, any religion or none at all, you are entitled to the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship."

Booker directly addressed the "hypocrisy" of Donald Trump in his treatment of women and Muslims, as well as noted how Trump has tried to "get laughs at other people's expense, tried to incite fear at a time we need to inspire courage, tried to rise in the polls by dragging our national conversation into the gutter." Becoming increasingly animated, Booker then listed all of the reasons why Hillary Clinton is the candidate who knows "you and I, together, interdependent, [are] interconnected with one single interwoven American destiny." He also appealed to viewers' patriotism, noting, "You can't love your country without loving your countrymen and your countrywomen." (Read more Democratic National Convention stories.)

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