Contact your Senator to oppose the appointment of Jess Sessions as Attorney General
Civil rights groups are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as United States Attorney General.
At issue are Sessions’ history of racist comments and hard-line anti-immigration stance. The Senate rejected then-President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Sessions as a federal judge in 1986 after colleagues testified about racially offensive comments Sessions made as a U.S. Attorney in Alabama.
Attorneys who worked with Sessions alleged in the 1986 hearings that Sessions once referred to a black attorney as “boy,” suggested a white attorney was a traitor to his race for representing black clients, called the American Civil Liberties Union and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “un-American” for trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them,” and said that his only problem with the Ku Klux Klan was the extremist group’s marijuana use.
In a stinging statement demanding that either Trump withdraw Sessions’ nomination or the Senate reject his nomination, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, cited Sessions’ long opposition to federal intervention to protect voting rights. He also called out Sessions’ repeated votes against legislation aimed at shielding LGBTQ Americans and women from discrimination and abuse as evidence that the Alabama senator’s views had not substantially improved since the 1986 hearing. Sessions voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.