Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) called President Trump "worse than a racist" and compared him to former Alabama Governor George Wallace on CNN's 'State of the Union' today.
DANA BASH, CNN: Let me start by asking about the president.
And you said the president's original comment was racist. Many of your opponents, Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, they have called Trump himself a racist.
What makes you stop short of that?
SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): Well, I actually am not. And the reality is, this is a guy who is worse than a racist. He is actually using racist tropes and racial language for political gains, trying to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself. And this is somebody who is very similar to George Wallace, to racists who use -- he's using the exact same language.
As somebody texted me during his rallies, I have seen this before in black and white. And now I'm seeing it again decades later, where I thought our country was beyond this. I'm seeing this in full color. So, this election in many ways is yet another chapter in our American history. We have seen it with the Know Nothing Party, which was trying to stop Irish and German immigrants. We have seen it with McCarthyism. We have a demagogue, fear-mongering person who's using race to divide. And this is a referendum, not on him. It's actually a referendum on the heart and soul of our country. Who are we going to be and who are we going to be to each other?