In a dramatic moment during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said, “This is about the closest I’ll ever have to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.”
For those of you who don't remember your 1960's gladiator movies, Spartacus was a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas who led a slave revolt against ancient Rome. After he admitted to being the rebellion's leader, his followers stood up, one after the next, and proclaimed "I am Spartacus" in an effort to protect him.
Booker's "I am Spartacus" moment came after he announced his intention to "to expose emails that are being withheld from the public" that he believed would be damaging to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate," said Booker, adding that the he openly invited and accepted the consequences for defying the Republican-majority Senate’s rules.
But here's the glaring flaw in Booker's act: the emails in question had been cleared for release hours before his dramatic publicity stunt.
On Friday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn called Booker's performance "quite possibly one of the most embarrassing cries for attention."
He wasn't the only one to see through the charade. Sen. Marco Rubio and the GOP both had a little fun on Twitter.
On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls. When informed days later that in fact the Roman Senate had already publicly released the scrolls, Crassus replied “Oh, ok, my bad”.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 7, 2018
“I am Spartacus.” #2020 pic.twitter.com/IgfxdNpjEj
— GOP (@GOP) September 6, 2018
Listen to Glenn ans Stu Burguiere have a laugh about the whole ridiculous grandstand in the video above.
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