Sen. Cory Booker harshly criticized President Donald Trump on Monday, telling CNN's "New Day" the president is trying to incite Islamic feelings and to divide Americans by attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
"Nothing she said is deserving of what's happening to her and what the president is doing to her," said Booker, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. "This is a reprehensible attack on her.
"It's trying to incite anti-Islamic feelings, trying to divide Americans. And we all should all rally to a fellow American congresswoman's defense right now against a president that seems to have this disgusting, in my opinion, desire to continue to attack, especially African-Americans, whether they are football players or the congressperson."
Trump, along with other Republicans, has said Rep. Omar, who is Muslim, trivialized the 9/11 attacks terror attacks during a speech last month in California to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she said the civil liberties of many Muslim Americans were harmed because "some people did something."
Booker said Trump's actions are "exactly what presidents shouldn't be doing at a time we need to unite Americans."
"This is just another example of the kind of leadership that weakens the country," Booker said. "American presidents shouldn't demean people. They should elevate people. They should inspire people and bring our country together at a time when we have worsening divisions."
Omar said she has received an increased number of death threats after Trump's tweet against her.
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