NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – In a new ABC interview, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker compared a potential future fight over his gun control proposal to the civil rights movement, and he touched on a variety of topics, including health care and Democrats' anger at Trump.
On ABC's “This Week,” Booker laid out his gun control plan – which includes an assault weapons ban and fingerprinting to acquire gun licenses – to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.
He said the plan is possible despite pushback he has received from Republicans.
“People thought (civil rights legislation) was impossible, but they changed the terms of the debate by expanding the moral imagination of this country,” Booker said.
The senator said he won’t let gun violence become “normalized” in America.
Booker also touched on health care in the interview, saying he will lower costs and expand insurance.
“I want to be pushing on a pathway towards getting to everyone having coverage and part of that is going to be Medicare for all who want it,” Booker said.
Booker also pushed back against criticism that his message of unity isn’t exciting the Democratic base.
“I had a guy when I walked into a town hall, put his arm around me, and said, ‘I want you to punch Trump in the face.’ And I looked at him and I just smiled, and I said, ‘Hey man, that’s a felony. And us black guys, we don’t get away with that that often.’”
Booker also said Democrats "will not succeed by showing the worst of who we are, but (by showing) the best of who we are."
"You beat demagogues by expanding the moral imagination of the country, bringing people together to overcome them," he said.