As the T-Bone affair once again rears its well-done head, Cory Booker last week addressed the issue with the Washington Post, saying the story about a drug dealer with the cowboy name is 100 percent true.
Booker told the Post that any hint that the story is fabricated is the fault of the press, that T-bone is real despite claims to the contrary.
“When I first moved to that community, imagine a street that, honestly…I worked everywhere from East Harlem to East Palo Alto, you talk to people from that neighborhood – in fact, in my speech the night before with Eva Longoria, there was a whole bunch of Brick Towers people there and I found myself easily going to them, saying ‘Y’all remember this, you all remember that?’ And people saying ‘Yeah.’ It was the most dangerous street in the world, the drug dealers had it locked down. So yeah I got my life threatened, and yeah I met the same guy who when he got in trouble with the law needed some help. And yeahhe did break down in tears. So what that whole episode told me was the cynicism of that. Because by the way, now you hear me telling stories that are just as quote unquote incredible but are a day in the life of people who live in those communities. So I said ‘Ok, if this reporter is going to attack that, let me tell the same stories that happened to me last month.’ That now — because back then nothing was recorded – but now, there are shootings in my neighborhood, there are guys who have come to my house who are drug dealers. That was a thing that so infuriated me, because he took a story from ten, twelve years before and tried to say somehow looking back in history something wasn’t true. And that was one of my early lessons about – this press is ridiculous about that.”
The story that has plagued Booker since his first run for mayor surfaced again this week in a Nationa Review story in which a Rutgers professor claimed that Booker admitted that the drug dealer who threatened the young Booker’s life was indeed made up.
Booker supporter Clement Price told the Review that Booker admitted T-bone was a composite of many people he’s met.