|Senator Corey Booker &DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen|
Perhaps more interesting was the subsequent indignant Conservative outrage over the optics of a black U.S. Senator calling out a white, blond-haired Trump sycophant on live TV.
Now it's probably fair to say that Tuesday's heated exchange was a result of both Booker and Nielsen feeling some frustration after a long and pretty heated hearing on Capitol Hill.
Democrats pressed her repeatedly to clarify whether or not she'd heard Trump use the words "shithole countries", and in her defense, Nielsen isn't some bubble-headed debutante who fell off a zucchini truck like Sarah Palin.
She earned her bachelor's degree from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and her law degree from the University of Virginia.
She was a special assistant in the White House under George W. Bush, and held positions related to legislative policy, cyber security and homeland security at the Transportation Security Administration, George Washington University and the World Economic Forum - and served as former general John Kelly's chief of staff when he was DHS secretary.
|Trump flanked by Republican Senator Tom Cotton (left)|
and Senator David Perdue (right) August 2, 2017
Both Senators were at the White House meeting last week and both claimed they didn't recall hearing Trump say those words.
I'm sure Cotton and Perdue's joint memory-lapse had nothing to do with Trump having invited both xenophobes to the Roosevelt Room of the White House (pictured above) last August to lavish praise upon them for their proposed bill to curb legal immigration to the U.S. by making selected work skills a priority for new immigrants and drastically reducing the numbers of immigrants allowed into the country each year.
Nielsen was smart enough to do her best to avoid taking the heat for something Trump said, but she's also an experienced and loyal Washington player who wouldn't do anything to undermine her former boss at DHS John Kelly - who currently serves as Trump's White House chief of staff.
So she she did the "Washington Two Step" and became the third Republican attendee to lie about Trump using vulgar, racially-charged language to describe nations where the majority population are people of color by claiming she had a memory lapse and couldn't recall Trump using his now-famous phrase.
Booker, who was likely a little frustrated that Nielsen didn't take the bait, took the cue to lay into her, but he wasn't really laying into her per se - he was just doing the "Washington Two Step" as well by using her to publicly lay into Trump.
|MAGA? Donald Trump with porn star Stormy Daniels|
Conservative media outlets like Fox News criticized Booker for "mansplaining".
National Review's David French haughtily proclaimed "Corey Booker's Rant Exposed the Left's Gender Hypocrisy".
Which is actually kind of funny considering that porn star Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as "Stormy Daniels", is now on record as saying that she had an on-again, off-again affair with Trump over the course of several years - including when his current wife Melania Trump was pregnant with their son Barron and Trump was publicly fat-shaming her.
Last Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump's lawyer David Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payout to Daniels just one month before the 2016 presidential election to buy her silence on her ongoing affair with the man conservative Christian evangelicals overwhelmingly supported for president last fall.
Remember Cohen was arranging the payout agreement with the increasingly-famous porn star as Trump raged incoherently about Hillary Clinton's ethical failings and emails - Clifford went public because (drum roll please...) Trump never paid her the money.
|Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens enjoying some gun porn|
Remember current Missouri Republican Governor and ex-Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, the guy who ran on a populist anti-establishment platform?
The Rhodes Scholar, humanitarian, author and former Democrat?
He's now frantically trying to apologize to state Republican legislators and rainmakers after it was revealed that he tied up his former mistress and took compromising photographs of her naked then threatened to use them to blackmail her in the event she told anyone of their affair.
Talk about "mansplaining".
As Allison McCann reported for Vice earlier today, the air is leaking out of Greitens' once-promising career balloon fast as Missouri voters were already pissed over his rolling back the minimum wage from $10 to $7.70 an hour, making it harder for women to access abortion services and blocking people's ability to file discrimination lawsuits
I mean seriously, what kind of delusional, right-wing narcissistic ape rolls back the minimum wage, curbs women's health care choice and makes it easier for companies to discriminate against workers then ties up a woman to blackmail her?
The kind of guy other Republican members of his own state legislature are now trying to force to resign from office just as it's looking like a massive blue wave is about to wash over the land in the upcoming November mid-term elections.
No wonder Conservative media outlets like Fox News and National Review are frantically trying to gin up phony overblown outrage over a sitting U.S. Democratic Senator asking some tough questions of a Department of Homeland Security Secretary who admits she's never actually met or spoken with a DACA recipient even though she's using her office to try and deport them.
Trump's got some balls complaining about "shithole" countries when Republican politicians seem to be doing everything possible to turn American into one.