Senator Cory Booker wants to remove the NFL’s tax-exempt status over the league’s handling of players accused of domestic violence but he once sexually assaulted a young woman.
I wrote about Booker’s admitted sexual assault here.
“Telling one’s own personal story is often the most powerful way to make a point, or, more importantly, to make people think,” Booker wrote in the February 19, 1992 column for the Stanford Daily, under the headline “So Much for Stealing Second.”
“When grandiose statements entrenched in politically correct terminology are made, many may listen but few will hear,” Booker continued. “When I hesitated in writing this column, I realized I was basking in hypocrisy. So instead I chose to write and risk.”
“New Year’s Eve 1984,” Booker recalled. “I will never forget. I was 15. As the ball dropped, I leaned over to hug a friend and she met me instead with an overwhelming kiss.”
Things apparently moved very quickly for the young man, who recalled thinking of sex as a “game.”
“As we fumbled upon the bed, I remember debating my next ‘move’ as if it were a chess game. With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast. After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark,’” Booker wrote.
Booker didn’t elaborate on what his “mark” was, but whatever happened, it was enough to haunt him for years to come.
“Our grouping ended soon and while no ‘relationship’ ensued, a friendship did,” he wrote. “You see, the next week in school she told me she was drunk that night and didn’t really know what she was doing.”
He attempted to explain his behavior. “Ever since puberty, I remember receiving messages that sex was a game, a competition. Sexual relations were best achieved through luck, guile, strategy or coercion.”
Booker wrote about how alcohol lubricated those relations: “Another friend in high school counseled me on the importance of drinking,” he wrote, detailing the slogans he had heard from friends. Booker listed them: “‘With liquor you’ll get to bed quicker,’ … ‘What do you think happened? She invited me back to her room at 3 a.m.’ … ‘I’ve got to find a way to snatch that snatch.’ … ‘The best thing for that girl would be to be tied down and screwed.’”
Booker described how his view of women changed radically after just two years in college — so much so that a female friend “chidingly called me a man-hater,” Booker wrote.
“In retrospect, my soliloquy titled ‘The Oppressive Nature of Male Dominated Society and Its Violent Manifestations Rape, Anorexia, Battered Wives’ may have been a surreptitious attempt to convince her that I was a sensitive man, but more likely I was trying to convince myself that my attitudes had changed,” Booker wrote.
Booker explained that his two years as a peer counselor had revealed to him a culture that leads to rape. “All I have are poignant visions,” he wrote.
“I see that preceding all the horrors of rape are a host of skewed attitudes.
“I see my friends seeking to ‘get some’ or to ‘score.’
“I see people making power plays.
“I see myself at 15 trotting around the bases and stealing second.
“I now see the crowds, no, not the spectators, but the thousands, the millions who are rarely seen or heard.
“I’ve seen enough.
“I spoke to a 40 year old woman who has trouble looking at her self[sic] in the mirror when she gets out of the shower. She can’t make love, she never had an orgasm, she never will forget what happened her first time. She can’t close her eyes.”
Booker would refer back to that column just months later, in a final op-ed for the Daily.
“But my second column, as I raised my noble pen to address the issue of date rape, I realized that the person holding it wasn’t so noble after all,” Booker wrote on May 27, 1992. “With this issue as with so many others, a dash of sincere introspection has revealed to me a dangerous gap—a gap between my beliefs and my actions.”
Of course nobody really believes this story. It’s pretty much well established that Cory Booker is gay and doesn’t live in Newark.
Cory Booker has long been dogged by gay rumors. In 1998, Booker’s opponent for the city council said that he was gay. When Booker first ran for mayor in 2002, his opponent Sharpe James said that Booker was gay.
In January 2013, after a BuzzFeed article highlighted an anti-gay article written by Booker that details his past homophobia, titled “Pointing the finger atgays,” his campaign manager refused to confirm or deny that Booker is gay. A former aide to Booker confirmed to this reporter that Booker is gay while another says he never saw anything to confirm he was gay or straight.
Two of Booker’s columns for the Stanford Daily hint at homosexuality as well.
Booker wrote an article titled, “Let’s talk about sex-uality” (February 26, 1992) in which he inveighed against sexual morality.
“I think I am beginning to realize my problem. I am trapped between two overwhelming social constructs: a pervasive Puritan ethic and a pernicious brand of promiscuity, each one feeding upon the strength of the order,” Booker wrote.
“We do not need to be saved from ‘damaging’ messages; we need to be better equipped to deal with them,” Booker wrote. “This does not mean imposing a set of sexual morals; for no one should have the right to construct a universal morality. It does mean, however, allowing for diverse sexual expression. Without diversity of expression, we will be forced toward a uniform values.”
Booker has also chided twitter followers who have asked about his sexual predilections.
What if I haven't? Why would it matter? There's a sad bigotry present in ur ? MT @BarryRome Have u ever dated a woman? If so whats her name?
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 12, 2013