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Could Cory Booker be the First Vegan President?

by | January 25, 2019

Vegan Senator Cory Booker was in Georgia this past weekend and was welcomed by none other than former President Jimmy Carter. Carter can be heard encouraging Booker to run for president in an Instagram video of the pair meeting.

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Could Cory Booker be the First Vegan President?

Carter said in an Instagram Live video filmed of the pair meeting over the weekend, that he was very glad to have him there, he hopes he comes back, and hopes he runs for president. Booker thanked President Carter, telling him that his encouragement means more to him than he could imagine.

Senator Booker has been vegetarian for a long time and a vegan since 2014. The senator used to be a self-confessed “junk food vegan,” but he now finds joy in the delicious simplicity of a whole-food, plant-based, non-processed diet.

Booker has most recently endorsed Encompass, a female-run organization promoting racial inclusivity in the vegan movement. The Senator believes that all great movements for social change and justice have been successful because of their diversity and that the vegan movement needs to be as inclusive as possible.

While Mr. Cory Booker has not yet committed to running in 2020, there has been some speculation of an announcement this week. Brooker would be joining the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris as a Democratic Contender.

Cory Booker has been very outspoken about his veganism on Twitter in the past. Like the time he shut down a troll who said “I don’t see us electing a vegan.”

Senator Gillibrand of New York, who has also thrown her hat into the 2020 presidential run, even sent him vegan cupcakes for his birthday.

The vegan senator even answered the question that vegans everywhere are probably sick of hearing. “But how do you get your protein?”

Cory Booker

When Cory Booker was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey he created the city’s first environmental commission and office of sustainability. In 2017, he introduced a bill requiring federal agencies to address environmental justice in low-income communities.


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