People for the American Way Calls on Senate to Reject Jeff Sessions for AG Post

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People For the American Way (PFAW) President Michael Keegan issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s choice of racist Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as his attorney general:

“The last time Senator Sessions sought Senate confirmation was 1986 when he was nominated to be a federal judge. Despite the fact that Republicans controlled the chamber at the time, he was rejected because of a long history of racially insensitive remarks and a disastrous record on civil rights.

“In the last 30 years, Sessions has done nothing that demonstrates that the Senate’s judgement was incorrect or that he’s learned from his mistakes. Instead, he’s spent years making a name for himself as one of the Senate’s most extreme anti-immigrant voices, even attacking the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. As a senator he’s voted in favor of torture programs under the Bush administration and opposed hate crime protections for LGBT people.

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“If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump might govern with more responsibility or moderation than he campaigned, this nomination is a wakeup call. The Senate should reject this nomination.”

Jeff Sessions is just a further step into a nightmare of racism and normalization of that racism by Donald Trump, as he has now selected bigots, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and now Jeff Sessions, for chief strategist, national security adviser, and attorney general, respectively.

It is a safe bet that more are to follow as Trump fills his cabinet. Between bigots and lobbyists, the swamp just keeps filling up.