Republican Senator Jeff Sessions (AL) has finally been confirmed as Attorney General into the Trump Administration after weeks of Democratic obstruction efforts. The obstruction comes from a belief and assertion that Sessions is what Democrats call everyone on the right they disagree with. Racist. Xenophobic. Bigot. All of the above.
The NAACP stated that the now Attorney General would “Carry on an old, ugly legacy in this country’s history when civil rights for African-Americans, women and minorities were not regarded as core American values.”.
The newly galvanized Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) tweeted out today: “If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into @TheJusticeDept, he’ll hear from all of us.”
Democratic Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon from Georgia testified during Sessions’ confirmation hearings, stating: “It doesn’t matter how Sen. Sessions may smile, how friendly he may be, how he may speak to you, but we need someone who gonna stand up, speak up, and speak out for the people that need help, for people that have been discriminated against”.
With as much opposition the Senator has faced, the claims must be true right? Let’s see how they face up.
NAACP Claim of Jeff Sessions’ Racism: FALSE
Actually, in 2009, the Alabama chapter of the NAACP awarded Senator Sessions the “Governmental Award of Excellence” during their Civic and Human Rights Convention. Quoted: “For The Outstanding Work You Do”.
Elizabeth Warren and the NAACP’s Claim of Jeff Sessions’ “Ugly Legacy of Civil Rights Issues”: FALSE
In 1981, a 19 year old African American man named Michael Donald was kidnapped and murdered by two Klan members in Alabama, beaten to near death with a tree limb, his throat slit, and hung from a tree. KKK member Henry Francis was found responsible, and committed this crime at the order of his father, then Alabama Klan Leader Bennie Hays to “Show the strength of the Klan” in the state. Then a state prosecutor, Sessions’ office is credited with doing most of the legwork on the case, pushing for it to remain in state courts as Alabama had the death penalty.
Years later, as Sessions became Attorney General of Alabama, he personally oversaw the execution of Bennie Hays, making Hays the first white person executed in Alabama for the murder of a black citizen since 1918. The prosecution also led to a $7 million civil judgement against the Klan, as the AP in 1997 notes, effectively bankrupting and ending the Klan in Alabama for good.
Democratic Rep: John Lewis claim of Sessions’ Racism: FALSE
In 2015, John Lewis and Jeff Sessions were pictured in Selma, Alabama locked arm in arm marching together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”, where civil rights marchers, including Lewis, were beaten by law enforcement officers as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Lewis’s claims of Sessions’ racism doesn’t seem to bother him here. (Photo Credit: Todd Stacy)
How can a long term Senator with a record of ending the Klan in his home state, personally overseeing the execution of a Klan leader responsible for the murder of an innocent black youth, marching to commemorate Civil Rights with Civil Right’s icons, and receiving a Governmental Award of Excellence from the NAACP be considered racist?
Seems to be more liberal hypocrisy.
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