Sen. Cory Booker Faces Criticism for Wearing Pink Booty Shorts at Capitol After Dress Code Change
The Senate's relaxed dress code policy might have brought about some unintended consequences.
Washington, D.C. – In a groundbreaking fashion statement, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) arrived on the Senate floor Tuesday wearing a pair of pink booty shorts. The decision to sport the daring attire comes on the heels of the Senate's newly relaxed dress code policy, an announcement that has sparked controversy and debate among lawmakers.
While Republican senators like Susan Collins and Tommy Tuberville have criticized the casualization of the Senate dress code, Booker's wardrobe choice received impassioned defense from his fellow Democrats.
Riding the wave of the discourse surrounding the Senate's dress code, Booker himself took the time to explain the statement behind his audacious outfit. "These shorts are not just a piece of clothing; they represent the freedom to be oneself in an institution often characterized by conformity. Plus, they're incredibly comfortable."
After giving his remarks, Booker sashawed away singing Cardi B’s “Bongos.”
Sources told The Smattering that right-wing critics prompted Booker to double down on his fashion choices and wear a pink princess dress later in the day. “Don’t get it twisted. I’m revolutionizing the way we do government,” he said before snapping his fingers twice in a zig-zag motion.
"This is what democracy looks like, people!" exclaimed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). "If we can't express ourselves through booty shorts, then what's the point of free speech?"
She added: “I might wear my traditional native American headdress tomorrow to show solidarity!”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also weighed in, "Look, the President supports any effort to make Congress more relatable and accessible to the American people. If booty shorts do that, then the President is all in."
This development comes amid controversy over Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), who has been showing up to the floor wearing hoodies and shorts. Some have claimed that his fashion choice flouts decorum and professional standards.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) declared his support by saying, "We're talking about health care, climate change, and economic inequality. And you're worried about shorts? The top 1% of the top 1% can wear Armani suits, but the rest of us can't wear booty shorts? Enough is enough!"
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison praised Booker's fashion-forward decision: "Cory is showing us that policy and leg day can coexist in a balanced, democratic society."
He added: “The American people deserve to see our lawmakers in all their glory, even if it means booty shorts”
Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who earlier this week announced the relaxed dress code, commented, "Look, I said I'll continue to wear a suit, but I never said anything about not supporting those who want to... stretch the fabric of our democratic norms. I stand—or sit—by Senator Booker."
Alabama GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville quipped, "You got people walking around in booty shorts, that really don't fly with me. Next thing you know, we’ll start showing up in cargo pants and crocs!”
Richard Thompson Ford, a Stanford University law professor, stated that the new Senate dress code is a reflection of changing societal norms. "I think Sen. Booker is just ahead of the curve. In fact, he’s setting the curve, literally and figuratively."
As the debate over booty shorts simmers in the hallowed halls of Congress, one thing is clear: Booker's audacious fashion statement has Americans talking about the Senate in a way they never have before. Whether this conversation continues to focus on the importance of attire or shifts to the critical issues facing our nation remains to be seen.
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