Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was accused of casual racism on Wednesday after he compared Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) to a fictional character named "T-Bone."
At a Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, Booker testified that the Alabama Republican's record on civil rights was disqualifying.
"Law and order without justice is unobtainable," Booker told the committee. "They are inextricably tied together. If there is no justice, there is no peace."
"In many times in his career, he has demonstrated a hostility toward these convictions," the New Jersey Democrat said.
Cotton expressed his opinion of his colleague's testimony in a tweet that referenced a character named "T-Bone," who was at the center of some of the personal stories Booker has told on the campaign trail. Although Booker has described T-Bone as a "1,000 percent a real person," many people close to him have acknowledged that the character is a work of fiction.
.@CoryBooker attacks on Jeff Sessions are so far-fetched I half-expected his make-believe friend T-Bone to be next witness.— Tom Cotton (@Tom Cotton) 1484162608.0
Many on Twitter suggested that Cotton's tweet had racial implications.
@SenTomCotton @CoryBooker All you bigots stick together.— Kiddo KillerQueen (@Kiddo KillerQueen) 1484164056.0
@SenTomCotton "T-bone?" That's a screeching dog whistle there.— Willing to discuss (@Willing to discuss) 1484168819.0