KNX Exclusive: NJ Sen. Cory Booker on Climate Change, Health Care and how Trump 'Harbors Bigotry and Racism'

Ameera Butt
August 22, 2019 - 12:14 pm

During a KNX In-Depth interview with hosts Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson Thursday, Senator Cory Booker said he wants to tackle climate change crisis, not just for Americans but for the whole world, addressed President Donald Trump's recent Jewish voters and Democrats comments, and whether he's a bigot, gun reform and health care.

The 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate has said he'd take executive action from his first day as president if elected to close loopholes in gun sales and crackdown on unscrupulous dealers and gun manufacturers.

Booker said Trump is trying to distract Americans from the real headlines including how the administration has cut Title 10 funding to Planned Parenthood. 

"Things like that get lost from the headlines as we find ourselves talking about Greenland and what is or is not loyalty within the Jewish community, which is so offensive on so many levels," Booker says.

Listen to KNX In-Depth here.

Booker also touched upon Trump's recent comments on how Jewish voters would be disloyal if they vote for Democrats.

"Let me be very clear about this. I know what the President is doing in deeply violating the decency of this country. I do believe now he is someone who harbors bigotry and racism," Booker says.

He also added Trump's past comments on Jews are not only "deeply offensive," but "definitely smacking of anti-Semitism."

He said the president is "presenting himself as someone that is a keeper of the faith or a protector of Israel when he is decimating the values that Israel stands on and the ideals of Judaism that as the prophet says, 'a light unto nations for generations.'"

"I am running for president because I want us to heal as a nation and have a revival of civic grace and restore the values and virtues that bond us as a nation and help us to stand out on the planet as an aspirational country to which others look to as an example," he said.

He said he is a politician who has a record in the Senate to work across the aisles with bi-partisan support to "get big bills done" including leading one for criminal justice reform.

"The majority of gun members, 84 percent of NRA members, believe we should have common sense, comprehensive background checks that don't allow someone who is on the terrorist watch list to go to a gun show and go up to a casual seller and fill their trunk up with weapons," he said.

Where does Booker stand on climate change?

"Every day that ticks off the clock, we are losing ground and plunging our country further and further, and the world, into catastrophes I don't think most Americans don't understand the grievous human cost, the death and destruction, the trillions of dollars of econ harm that will come if we do not meet the existential threat of climate change" he said.

He said "either you are doing something about the climate crisis or you are contributing to it. There is no neutral in this. you are either part of the problem or part of the solution."

Health Care: How do you pay for Medicare for all?

"I'm a subscriber to common sense and we are paying in this country ridiculous amounts of money.... and we get the worst results for any industrial nation," he said. "Families are living in fear."

"This is a broken system," he said adding he believes in a system like Medicare for all.

"I also know we are not going to be able to flip a switch and get there," he added.

He is set to join LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday for a roundtable discussion about gun violence.

It will be held at "Vector90" a co-working community and business incubator in South LA.

It was co-founded by late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Listen to KNX In-Depth here.