One of the most common critiques about President Trump is that he’s unpresidential. There’s some truth to that idea, because he says – and tweets – things that no previous president would have dared to express. It’s unprecedented to be sure, but it hasn’t deterred his die hard supporters one iota.
The claim that he behaves unpresidentially has dogged him since the campaign. But his 2020 rivals have not only tried to present themselves as a stark alternative to Trump in terms of policy, but many of them have also tried to portray a more measured air in contrast to Trump’s bombast and bluster.
And then there’s Cory Booker, who went on Seth Meyer’s show and dropped this gem.
Let that sink in. He actually said, “My testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching [Trump].” How presidential.
But then again, this sort of thing is nothing new. Remember the staged Trump assassination at Shakespeare in the Park in 2017? Or how about the film that imagined an assassination of George W. Bush? Left wing violence in general seems to be pretty prevalent. Don’t believe me? Ask Andy Ngo.
In the end, we probably shouldn’t be surprised that Cory Booker has fantasies about punching Trump. The fact that he took to what I can only assume he considered the safe space of late night television to talk about it is what’s so astonishing. Oh, and I’d call it unpresidential.