Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced Monday that he would be suspending his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and a few hours later a Fox News host suggested that the reason for Booker’s early departure was because “he’s lazy.”

On the Fox show “Outnumbered,” co-host Harris Faulkner wondered aloud why Booker’s campaign had failed to take off even though he had enthusiastic crowds and an impressive pile of endorsements.” That led Fox contributor Lawrence Jones to remark:

“Well, he really did not have a message to begin with. He talked about a lot of progressive ideas, but he kind of was under the radar, most of the debates. He did not have a breakout moment. I don’t think his campaign was really organized.”

Jones then added that he suspected Booker “got away from himself” and moved too far to the left.

In response, Francis interjected:

“Jeanne, we’ve had Democrats on the couch who’ve worked with him who say that he’s lazy.”

Co-host Jeanne Zaino seemed nonplussed by what Francis had just said and could only ask:

“Cory Booker?”

Francis:

“Yeah.”

Zaino pushed back on what Francis had suggested, remarking:

“I would not suggest that Cory Booker is lazy, but I do think the campaign, from the beginning — he could not find his footing.”

Could it possibly be more obvious what Melissa Francis is trying to imply with what she said about Booker? It’s the old racist trope that was so popular during the dark days of Jim Crow in this country: African-Americans are lazy, they don’t want to work, and aren’t good at what they do.

Consider what President Donald Trump allegedly had to say about a black accountant who worked for the Trump Organization:

“A former hotel executive said Trump criticized a black accountant: ‘Black guys counting my money! I hate it. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks.'”

Melissa Francis needs to keep this in mind: Cory Booker is a United States senator. She, on the other hand, is nothing more than a mouthpiece for a right-wing network that has trafficked in racism since it first hit the airwaves.

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