TRAVESTY: Jeff Sessions, a man with a racist past and loved by white supremacists, is the top law enforcement official in the U.S. Sessions, who was once dubbed as too racist to become a federal judge, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday night.
Jeff Sessions has a racist and homophobic legislative record. He has a history of opposing voting rights and has ties to white supremacists. He is now the top law enforcement officer in the country. Let that sink in.
The final vote was 52-47, largely along party lines, with Sen. Joe Manchin crossing party lines as the only Democrat to vote for yes.
In 1986 when he was up for a federal judgeship, Coretta Scott King wrote a scathing letter urging the Judiciary Committee not to confirm him. The letter went viral after Sen. Mitch McConnell shut down Sen. Elizabeth Warren after she tried to read a section during her speech on the floor last night. King’s daughter, Bernice King, blasted Donald Trump and the Republicans, while thanking Warren for being the “soul of the Senate.”
Sessions reportedly said the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) were “Communist-inspired” and “un-American.” He called one of his black staff members “boy,” and joked that the worst thing about the Ku Klux Klan was its weed smoking members.Sessions made waves in 2007, when he argued that immigrants “create culture problems” and steal jobs from Americans.
Here’s the reaction on Twitter:
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 9, 2017
If you ever wondered how you would have acted during the dark times in history, you're about to find out.
What legacy to you want to leave?
— Leah McElrath 🗽 (@leahmcelrath) February 9, 2017
If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into @TheJusticeDept, he'll hear from all of us.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 9, 2017
The ACLU is putting Sessions on notice:
BREAKING: Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general.
If he violates the Constitution, we'll sue. pic.twitter.com/le02tuG2Pg
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 9, 2017
Sessions is now the people's lawyer. If he forgets his mandate, we will use every legal tool necessary to remind him.
— National Immigration Law Center (@NILC_org) February 9, 2017