Cory Booker cites founders’ racism and misogyny to explain opposition to constitutional originalism

Cory Booker cites founders’ racism and misogyny to explain opposition to constitutional originalism
Cory Booker (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)

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Democratic senator Cory Booker of New Jersey detailed the Founding Fathers’ “racism” and “misogyny” in explaining his opposition to constitutional originalism during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Tuesday confirmation hearing.

After praising the Founders as “geniuses” for devising the American system of government, Booker implied that an acknowledgement of the racism and misogyny typical of the Founders’ era required a rejection of constitutional originalism.

“I love that my colleagues keep going back to the Constitution but understand this: I laud our Founders, I think they were geniuses. But I understand that millions of Americans understand that they were also flawed people,” Booker said.

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“We know our Founders and their values and their ideals but we also know that they were flawed and you can see that in the documents. Native Americans were referred to as savages, women weren’t referred to at all, African Americans were referred to as fractions of human beings. As one civil-rights activist used to say ‘constitutu, constitu, I can only say three-fifths of the word,’” he added.

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