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Cory Booker: Donald Trump is 'worse than a racist'

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for his racist attacks on four minority congresswomen, saying Trump is "worse than a racist."

"The reality is this is a guy who is worse than a racist. He is actually using racist tropes and racial language for political gain. He is trying to use this as a weapon to divide our nation against itself," the New Jersey Democrat told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

"And this is somebody who is very similar to George Wallace, who -- a racist -- he's using the exact same language," Booker added, referring to a former governor of Alabama who supported segregation and was a vocal opponent of the Civil Rights movement.

Cory Booker wearing a suit and tie: MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 26: Former housing secretary Julian Castro and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida.  A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) © Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/Getty Images MIAMI, FLORIDA - JUNE 26: Former housing secretary Julian Castro and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Booker's comments follow Trump's tweeted attacks on four minority Democratic congresswomen last week that implied the lawmakers -- Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts -- were not natural-born American citizens and should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." The tweets were widely condemned by congressional Democrats and some Republicans, and the House passed a resolution condemning the racist language Trump used.

Trump again on Sunday commented on the congresswomen of color known on Capitol Hill as "The Squad," questioning their commitment to America and saying they are "destroying the Democratic Party."

Booker -- along with other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls -- previously rebuked the President's comments, telling Jake Tapper on "The Lead"' that Trump is "literally fanning the flames of racial violence" with his attacks, and describing the President's language as "clearly bigoted, vile, dangerous."

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