Senator Cory Booker goes viral after speaking against Trump's sh*thole comment

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On Tuesday, Kirstjen Nielsen, the hand-picked successor at the Department of Homeland Security to current White House chief of staff and former DHS head John Kelly, continued to protect the president and the hardline conservatives who scuttled a bipartisan immigration deal during that Oval Office meeting.

Picture it. A male Republican senator spends his entire 10 minutes "mansplaining" the female DHS secretary about immigration policy, throws around the term "conscientious stupidity", yells at her the only time she tries to speak, and concludes his diatribe without even asking her to respond.

New Jersey Democrat Senator Cory Booker set social media alight after delivering an emotional speech about President Donald Trump's most recent faux pas.

In her statement Wednesday, Nielsen said she is "thoroughly disappointed" that attention keeps being given to the meeting, when "we have serious and urgent border and immigration issues to address".

"What I was struck with frankly, as I'm sure you were as well, was just the general profanity used in the room by nearly everyone".

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"I don't dispute that the president was using tough language", she said.

"The commander-in-chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referred to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language", Booker said, raising his voice at Nielsen. The South Carolina Republican had not yet arrived at the hearing. "Well, we know what happened in Europe when people just did their jobs". What is the worst thing that allows bigotry and hate to proliferate is people who... stand by and do nothing when it's said.

During the hearing, Durbin grilled Nielsen on what transpired at the immigration meeting. I'm just not going to take it. You know what the President of the United States is saying, especially in heated exchanges, ' he said.

As the firestorm over Trump's comment began late last week, the White House and Trump's National Security Council provided no guidance to the State Department about what to say to foreign countries who were incensed, said a US official familiar with the conversations between the White House and other federal agencies.

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