Cory Booker arose from the first night of this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as an obvious highlight, with his rousing speech kicking off a Twitter dialogue that's still very much in progress. The New Jersey Senator, however, hasn't joined fellow Democrats in condemning the recent actions of the so-called Bernie or Bust movement. Speaking with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's Late Show, Booker instead chose a message of unity.
When asked if he was down with Sarah Silverman's off-the-cuff remarks at the DNC calling stubborn Bernie Sanders' supporters "ridiculous," Booker revealed he was very much not. "What's ridiculous is that the Republicans had a convention and their folks just boycotted it," Booker told Colbert during the live interview. "Past presidents didn't show up. 22 of my Republican Senate colleagues just boycotted it." For a quick recap of the Republican National Convention, please see below:
Booker asserted the Democratic Party as an open-minded platform where all participants, both Sanders and Clinton supporters alike, could unite behind a common goal: stopping the opposition. According to Booker, Sanders has forever changed the conversation surrounding how to do that. "It just shows that we recognize this man, Bernie Sanders, changed the national conversation," Booker said. "He changed the Democratic Party platform, and because of his fierce competition, he's made Hillary Clinton more ready to lead this nation."
Tuesday saw the Democrats making national history, as their formal nomination of Hillary Clinton made her the first female presidential nominee of a major party ever. "We just put the biggest crack in the glass ceiling," Clinton told the DNC audience via satellite on Tuesday night. "If there are any little girls out there who stayed up to watch, let me just say that I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next."