'Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris': Cory Booker on why he 'loves' Trump

'Journeys of Faith' takes a look at how influential people lean on faith.

ByPaula Faris via logo
January 8, 2020, 6:02 AM

On a special season of "Journeys of Faith," ABC News' Paula Faris sits down with 2020 presidential candidates and other political figures to discuss how faith and religion have shaped their politics. In this episode, Paula speaks with presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker.

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Here is Paula, in her own words, about the episode.

"I love Donald Trump." That’s what Cory Booker has said about the president. And he really means it.

It's a startling statement, considering how partisan our politics are at the moment. But on this episode of "Journeys of Faith," the New Jersey senator tells me he’s able to make that statement because of his deep faith, saying he "will never let [Trump] tear me so far down that I’m going to hate [him]."

Talking about faith is something Booker wishes his fellow Democratic 2020 contenders would do more of. But he believes there’s a fear within the party that, if they do, they won’t be seen as inclusive to all faiths and spiritual traditions.

Booker shares a time when violence in Newark almost destroyed his faith before -- as he puts it -- God rescued him. You’ll hear him open up about his Christian faith, but also his deep love of Judaism, revealing why he became the president of a Jewish organization while attending Oxford University.

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