New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently became the latest major political figure on the left to announce a 2020 presidential campaign, joining a rapidly growing field of candidates all vying for their party’s nomination to take on President Donald Trump — but it didn’t take long for one of Trump’s top advisers to start pounding on the critiques.
When asked for the Trump administration’s take on Booker’s entry into the presidential race on Fox & Friends on Thursday, Kellyanne Conway questioned the senator’s qualifications and flipped a common Democrat talking point back on him when she asked why, as a man, he felt he should run against women like Sens. Kamala Harris (CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).
“The water seems warm”
Conway’s first message to Booker was to welcome him to the ever-growing pack of Democrats vying for the White House.
“Welcome, the water seems warm,” she said. “Welcome to dive in with — I don’t know — 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates.”
But she didn’t play nice for long.
“I would ask him a couple of questions today as he runs from my native New Jersey, and one is, what’s wrong with the candidates who are already in there?” she asked. “What’s your objection to Kamala Harris running, [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced? [Hawaii Rep.] Tulsi Gabbard, maybe?”
In fact, according to Conway, Booker should be glad he isn’t being called sexist for entering the race after so many Democrat women.
“If he were a Republican running against them, he would immediately be called a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field,” Conway alleged. Take a look:
“What have you accomplished?”
But she wasn’t done yet.
“But I’d also ask him, what exactly have you accomplished that qualifies you to be the commander-in-chief and president of the United States?” Conway asked, mentioning that Democrats have called Booker an uninspiring, “tinny” motivational speaker and reminding the Fox hosts of his ridiculous “Spartacus moment” during confirmation hearings for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I think people witnessed that when he unloaded, for all of the cameras to see, on now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”
Conway then took to attacking Booker’s political career, suggesting that people “go and look at his record in Newark, New Jersey,” where he served as mayor from 2006 to 2013.
Conway also noted that Booker used to be an advocate of school choice, “but the modern Democratic Party in which he is running for the presidential nomination has moved so far to the left that he can’t even bring himself to continue to help those schoolchildren through school choice.”
Indeed, it seems Conway was ready to go on the offensive on Cory Booker right from the start. Is this a sign of what’s to come from the Trump administration as they fight to hold onto the White House in 2020?
Only time will tell.