August 29, 2013

Cory Booker Makes Up An Imaginary Poor Friend

An amazing report by Eliana Johnson at National Review cites a number of Booker allies admitting that a central figure in his political stump speech and mythology is really just a stereotype Booker invented.

The central character in one of Booker’s oft-repeated stories — T-Bone, the drug pusher who the mayor has said threatened his life at one turn and sobbed on his shoulder the next — is a figment of his imagination, even though Booker has talked about him in highly emotional terms and in great detail.

“T-Bone” is an imaginary drug pusher that Cory used for years to highlight redemption both for individuals and for Newark, but also to highlight his experience with and connection to Newark’s poorest residents.

It is hard to come up with a way for him to undermine that message more than creating unflattering, stereotypical fake poor friends. The Stanford grad might’ve been better suited to talk about people he actually knows like Matt DamonBen AffleckOprah, or the bookers on Morning Joe.