Cory Booker on Fake News Tirade in Alabama with Doug Jones: Pushes Inaccuracies About Roy Moore, Calls for Donald Trump to Resign Presidency

Cory Booker, Doug Jones
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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a hard leftist Democrat senator from New Jersey who spent Saturday campaigning with fellow radical Doug Jones, went on a fake news tirade on Saturday night, pushing inaccurate information about GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Roy Moore and calling for President Donald Trump to resign.

According to Vice News’s Alex Jaffe, who interviewed Booker at a Jones campaign event in the state of Alabama, Booker called for President Trump to follow Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) in resigning. Franken, this week, announced his forthcoming resignation from the Senate over allegations of sexual misconduct that he has admitted to and apologized for after photographic evidence emerged of him groping radio personality Leann Tweeden. Several other women have similarly accused Franken of sexual misconduct. Franken, in his speech announcing his plans to resign within “weeks,” bashed both Moore and Trump.

Allegations have been made about both Moore and Trump, but in both of their cases no actual evidence has emerged to substantiate the allegations. In Moore’s case, just this week, one accuser admitted she forged the yearbook inscription she and her activist attorney Gloria Allred originally claimed was written by Moore himself decades ago.

What’s more, Booker falsely claimed that Moore was “banned” from the shopping mall in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, decades ago, something the mall manager has proven was untrue and fake news.

“If a person is banned from a mall they should definitely not be in the United States Senate,” Booker told Jaffe.

That claim from Booker is 100 percent factually inaccurate. Moore was never banned from the mall, mall manager Barnes Boyle said.

“Sure, it’s part of the job, yeah. We did have written reports and things, so, but to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall,” Boyle told local Alabama station WBRC last month.

Despite the untrue nature of this allegation against Moore, the fake news media and critics of Moore have repeatedly pushed the falsehood against him— and now Booker is doing so. Booker also threw in with the other questionable allegations against Moore.

Booker’s efforts to push inaccurate information about both Moore and Trump—and his decision to use a Jones campaign event to call for Trump’s resignation as president of the United States—only serve to undermine Jones’ efforts to win the election in Alabama. Jones has already had a tough time claiming he is a moderate who can work with Republicans, and he is literally running television ads right now claiming he is not a radical leftist Democrat, despite his record on the issues.

But when his surrogates are pushing for President Trump’s removal from office—and they consider this election a referendum on whether Trump should remain president—it makes it much easier for Moore to publicly support Trump’s agenda and note that Jones is a radical leftist who will oppose the president at every turn. It also helps President Trump’s criticisms of Jones on the issues, for which he has many, and Trump’s call for Alabamians to back Moore for the Senate resonate further in Alabama.

Booker may have just blown whatever slim chance Jones has left, and if Moore does end up pulling through and winning on Tuesday as expected now, Booker may have just handed the moral high ground back to Trump and Moore and the anti-establishment by making this a referendum on Trump’s presidency.

Jones has tried to portray himself as a moderate.

“If you look at the positions I’ve got on health care, if you look at the positions I got on jobs, you should look at the support I have from the business community, I think I’m pretty mainstream,” Jones said in a recent interview with Fox News. “I want to reach across the aisle…So I don’t really care what he says about me.”

But now that his campaign is squarely focused–thanks to Booker–on trying to force Donald Trump to resign from the presidency, it is unlikely that he can win over moderates who back Trump anymore. In Alabama, there are far more Trump backers than Hillary Clinton supporters, as Trump won the state handily, beating her 62.1 percent to 34.4 percent.

Trump, meanwhile, at a rally in nearby Pensacola, Florida, on Friday night, called for Alabamians to fully support Moore–and he blasted the allegations against Moore as phony, pointing out the forgery in the yearbook and the damage Gloria Allred has done to her client’s case.

“We cannot afford … to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate,” Trump said. “We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda … So get out and vote for Roy Moore. Do it. Do it.”

It follows a long line of tweets and actions that Trump has taken to back up Moore, including a phone call in which Trump told Moore: “Go get ’em, Roy!”:

Trump is expected to record robocalls on Moore’s behalf this weekend.


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