The next chapter in the horror show that is the 2016 cabinet selection process is Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General. Jeff Sessions has been long plagued by allegations of racism against African Americans in both his personal and professional life. Most famously he’s joked on several occasions that he was “OK” with the KKK until he found out that many of its members smoked marijuana. He’s stated since that either he didn’t say that at all or that it was simply a joke taken out of context. But multiple people have come forward to contradict his side of the story.
Thirty years ago Sessions lost the opportunity to become a federal judge on account of multiple allegations of racism. Another witness testified before a congressional committee that he called the NAACP “un-American” and “communist.” That organization has regularly given him an “F” in terms of the racial impact of his voting record in the Senate. In addition, he’s openly opposed Civil Rights leaders in all their battles going back to the Civil Rights act of 1964. He was a major proponent of the Supreme Court’s move to gut the voting rights act in 2013.
Thomas Figures, an African American assistant US attorney who worked for Sessions for a number of years, also claims that the Republican Senator used to call him “boy.” All of this was enough to keep Sessions out of the judiciary in 1986 when he was appointed by Ronald Reagan. He was the first Reagan appointee to be denied and even received several ‘no’ votes from within his own party. Yet somehow today it is not enough to keep President Donald Trump from offering him the job of Attorney General. A position that comes with more responsibility and power than his party denied him on the grounds that he was a racist by 30-year-old standards.
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