Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker said that he sometimes wants to punch President Donald Trump during an appearance on Monday’s episode of the Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Booker claimed that his desire to assault the president is because of his testosterone.
“My testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that… this physically weak specimen,” Booker said.
His promotion and glorification of political violence drew laughs from the crowd.
Booker did a heel-turn however and claimed that Trump is the body shamer, not himself who just called him “out-of-shape,” and that Democrats shouldn’t stoop to his level.
“You don’t beat a bully like him fighting him on his tactics, on his terms, using his turf,” Booker told Meyers. “He’s the body-shamer, he’s the guy that tries to drag people in the gutter… we need not to talk about necessarily what we’re against, but what we’re for.”
Booker also declared that President Trump is “worse than a racist” and compared him to Democrat segregationist George Wallace while appearing on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
When asked by guest host Dana Bash why he has stopped short of calling Trump a racist in the past, Booker responded by saying that he’s not — and launched into a tirade about the “evils” of the president.
“This is a guy who is worse than a racist,” the 2020 candidate said. “We have a demagogue, fear-mongering person who is using race to divide. This is a referendum, not on him, it’s actually a referendum on the heart and soul of our country.”