Drop that steak! Sen. Cory Booker has announced that the world “can’t sustain” people who eat meat. Booker, a vegan who went vegetarian back in 1992, believes that widespread meat-eating results in unsustainable farming practices, especially as the developing world starts to resemble middle class America. He’s also a supporter of the Green New Deal that aims to reduce the scourge of “farting cows”—that’s actually not a joke.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar threw her hat into the 2020 race for president over the weekend. The Minnesota Democrat who has been in the U.S. Senate since 2007 joins a crowded field that already features four of her Senate colleagues, three of them women. The announcement at a snowy Minneapolis rally was tarnished after a week of former staffers coming forward to dish that Klobuchar was an emotionally abusive boss.
MEANWHILE, Sen. Cory Booker barnstormed in Iowa over the weekend. Comparing the Underground Railroad to a great infrastructure program, Booker tried to to portray himself as the rightful heir of the Obama throne.
AND, Sen. Elizabeth Warren used her first full day as a presidential candidate to insinuate that President Trump might be in the slammer before the 2020 election. “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president. In fact, he may not even be a free person,” Warren told a crowd in Iowa.
LASTLY, Buzzfeed reports on exactly how horrible a boss Amy Klobuchar was to work for:
That anger regularly left employees in tears, four former staffers said. She yelled, threw papers, and sometimes even hurled objects; one aide was accidentally hit with a flying binder, according to someone who saw it happen, though the staffer said the senator did not intend to hit anyone with the binder when she threw it.
“I cried. I cried, like, all the time,” said one former staffer.
In the emails seen by BuzzFeed, often sent between 1 and 4 in the morning, Klobuchar regularly berated employees, often in all capital letters, over minor mistakes, misunderstandings, and misplaced commas. Klobuchar, in the emails, which were mostly sent over the past few years, referred to her staff’s work as “the worst in … years,” and “the worst in my life.”
Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Democrats Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Neomi Rao, President Trump’s pick to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court. The Dems are displaying a “hostility to religious faith,” Cruz said after Sen. Cory Booker grilled the nominee over her personal views on gay relationships. “I don’t believe this is a theological court of inquisition,” Cruz said.
Three 2020 Democrat presidential hopefuls turns a Senate nomination hearing into a brawl over climate change. Sens. Cory Booker, Jeff Merkely and Bernie Sanders took turns grilling Andrew Wheeler, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The three pressed Wheeler on how serious he thinks climate change is. Wheeler said it’s important, but requires a global response.
IN RELATED NEWS, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who also sits on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, created an exploratory committee to run for president Tuesday night. Gillibrand was not present at the hearing.
The Senate Judiciary Committee resumed its work processing President Trump’s judicial appointments on Tuesday, and committee Democrats are back to politics as usual. That’s despite objections by the Democrats, who in particular objected to a Trump pick for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals covering New Jersey. But both New Jersey senators objected, with Sen. Cory Booker claiming no one asked him what his objections would be. Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley countered, saying the White House reached out to Booker numerous times.
—QUOTABLE: “It’s clear the White House adequately consulted with the New Jersey senators regarding Mr. Matey’s nomination. The White House first reached out to the New Jersey senators in April 2017.” -Grassley
Far-left film maker Michael Moore said on Wednesday that liberal presidential prospects like Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker would definitely lose a 2020 presidential bid. Moore said he doesn’t see a viable contender against President Trump in the current gallery of Democrat candidates in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We cannot run a politician against [Trump], we will lose,” Moore said.
—QUOTABLE: “We have to run a beloved American…It’s gotta be like a Michelle Obama or it’s gotta be a ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Why aren’t we thinking along the lines of who can defeat him? We will lose in 2020.” -Moore
Hillary Clinton implied she thinks all black people look alike. The twice-failed presidential candidate over the weekend was asked by Recode co-founder Kara Swisher about Sen. Cory Booker’s comment that when Republicans go low, we kick them. Eric Holder actually said that, which Clinton pointed out, adding “they all look alike.”
—QUOTABLE: “I know they all look alike,” Hillary joked to a round of shocked laughter.
“No, they don’t…Oh, well done.” -Swisher
Cory Booker is rolling out legislation that would give all newborn Americans $1000 at birth. Then, based on family income, they would receive another payment every year in a low-risk account maintained by the treasury. Kids wouldn’t be able to touch these funds until they turned 18, when the only allowable uses would be home ownership, education, or … retirement. Families on the lowest end of the economic spectrum would be eligible for up to $50,000 when they become adults. Some back of the napkin math says that by the time this first generation turns 18, the program will cost at least $684 billion a year.
Sen Cory Booker D-NJ, said in tweet following an appearance in New Orleans that he has cried “tears of rage” over DONALD TRUMP and that there are many things that are “savagely wrong” with this country.
His Senate colleague from Texas thought it was ridiculous — Senator JOHN CORNYN tweeted his response that Booker should “get a grip” which is Texan for “stop being such a woman.’