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Sen. Cory Booker Refers to Criminal Justice System as the ‘Cancer on the Soul of Our Country’

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) appeared on The Daily Show and spoke about how the country goes forward after the 2018 midterms.

Trevor Noah began by telling the potential 2020 candidate how many want Democrats to have “more teeth” yet others like former First Lady Michelle Obama say, “When they go low, you go high.” He then asked if Democrats take back the House, how will they run the government going forward.

Booker responded by explaining that he has lived in a “inner city community” and that he’s the only sitting senator who lives in a “black and brown inner city neighborhood,” adding that the average household income was $14,000.

“What angers me is before we even had a Donald Trump elected, we had a cancer on the soul of our country, a criminal justice system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty and poor and innocent,” Booker told Noah. “We still had kids in my city- people think Flint, Michigan is some kind of an anomaly, there are a thousand jurisdictions which children have twice the lead blood levels than Flint, Michigan. I can go through the things that were going on before Donald Trump was elected that we seemed to tolerate in our nation, a level of injustice that, to me, is outrageous.”

“Democrat or Republican, there have been things voted on by both like the 1994 crime bill that exploded our criminal justice system, 800% since 1980 alone,” Booker continued. “One out of every three incarcerated women on the planet Earth is in the United States of America. And talk about not listening to survivors,  we jail survivors. 86% of the women in our prison are survivors of sexual assault and trauma.”

Watch the clip above, via Comedy Central.

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