- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sen. Cory Booker found himself compared to actor Tommy Wiseau of “The Room” on Tuesday after raising his voice during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

An angry exchange with Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen became one of the top tending stories on Twitter this week when Mr. Booker recounted “tears of rage” over comments attributed to Mr. Trump.

The New Jersey Democrat scolded Ms. Nielsen for “amnesia” when she testified under oath that she never heard the president refer to “sh—hole” countries during policy negotiations.

“When [Illinois senator] Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in that meeting. And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain — and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues saying, ‘I already answered that line of questions’ — when tens-of-millions of Americans are hurting right now […] that’s unacceptable to me,” Mr. Booker said.

Critics attributed the impassioned lecture as a de facto audition for a 2020 presidential campaign.

“Dem 2020 field in this hearing are being really theatrical,” tweeted Noah Rothman of Commentary Magazine.

“This guy is the most embarrassing grandstander in the Senate, Ted Cruz included,” added Allah Pundit of the conservative website Hot Air. “He’s way too transparent. He needs acting lessons badly.”

The Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro unleashed multiple tweets likening Mr. Booker’s display to infamous overacting seen in “The Room” and an old Saturday Night Light skit featuring comedian Jon Lovitz.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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