Friday , January 28 2022

Cory Booker, American Senator and Democratic Presidential Aspirant Who Says He Is Proudly Heterosexual

“I’m heterosexual,” Cory Booker, the New Jersey senator (and likely 2020 presidential candidate) told The Philadelphia Inquirer in a December 2018 interview. “Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or mostly importantly, talk about their vision for the country.”

According to The Advocate, Booker has been asked questions about his sexuality before because of his single relationship status.

If elected president, Booker would be the first unmarried president elected since 1884.

Such an election would be unprecedented. Grover Cleveland won the presidency as a bachelor in 1884 but two years later wed a woman (in that case a woman 27 years younger than him and the daughter of his former law partner).

But the only president ever who went through life unmarried, James Buchanan, still faces speculation about his sexuality 150 years after his death. Many historians consider him America’s first gay president, largely based on the fact he once lives with Sen. William Rufus King.

This isn’t the first time Booker faced questions about his sexuality. When he ran for Senate in 2013, Republican opponent Steve Lonegan made comments to conservative news outlet Newsmax about Booker acting “weird” and “ambiguous.”

“I personally like being a guy. I don’t know if you saw the stories last year,” Lonegan said. “They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”

Booker at the time made clear he dated women but kept his dating life private.

“The question really should not be whether I’m gay or straight, the question should be why the heck are you asking the question in the first place?” he said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

Around the same time, a 1992 column surfaced where Booker described his evolution from homophobe to ally.

This year, Booker faced criticism over another written account of him groping a female friend’s breast when he was 15 years old.

 

About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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