As a politician and Twitter celebrity, it’s no surprise that Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is bombarded by abuse from Internet trolls on a regular basis.
But trolls seem to be no match for the former Newark mayor.
The 46-year-old politician was promptly met with an inevitable slew of criticism. Booker, however, was ready for the haters.
Between responses to his critics, Booker sent out a tweet advising his 1.5 million followers to “be kind to unkind people.” He later told a Twitter user that he was spending his free time engaging with the trolls as it “helps 2 hear from everyone.”
As Mashable notes, this isn’t the first time that Booker has responded to trolls with words of love and compassion.
The senator is known for using Twitter to engage with individual netizens, and for sharing inspirational quotes and messages. He’s also used Twitter to help rescue a dog, to invite Hurricane Sandy victims to his home and to assist a New Jersey resident shovel snow off his walkway, among other good deeds.