On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) argued that Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore cannot be allowed to serve in the Senate, and if he does win, it will be a test of the Senate as an institution.
Booker said, “We’ve seen senators say this publicly about their desire to oust him, not to see him seated. You’ve seen, with a lot conviction, a lot of my colleagues saying that, and I really hope that’s the case. This is getting strained with the partisan analysis. What this really needs to be is an analysis of this institution itself. Someone who is banned from a mall does not belong in the United States Senate. This doesn’t need an analysis. And so, this is really a test of our institution, should he win, and I believe he won’t, but should he win, it’s going to be a test of our institution, and to see have we really fallen into such a low level of tribalism, where we’ve stopped having sort of common decency and common sense? I was amazed this weekend how many pages — former pages that I’ve served with over the last four years, reached out to me, ones that were appointed by Republicans and Democrats, to express their outrage that this is a person that might come — and these are pages who serve when they’re 16-years-old — and they’re outraged that this person might have a chance of serving in the United States Senate. This is not who we are as a country, and we cannot allow this person to serve. And I’m hoping the Alabama voters will shut it down in the next hour or so with the results coming in.”
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