Saturday, November 19, 2016

Trump Just Named A Racist, Klan Loving, Anti-Immagrant, Misogynist As Attorney General

To anyone who heard Donald Trump's acceptance speech and really thought he meant the part where he said "Now it's time for Americans to bind the wounds of division,"...

Yeah, about that. It was bullshit.

If Trump's hiring of Steve Bannon, the white nationalist, Anti-Semite, alt-right loving bigot as Trump's Chief Strategist And Senior Counselor didn't blow up that sentiment his nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General is sure to do the trick.

Putting Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III, a man known to be a racist, bigot and mysoginist in the job which just happens to be in charge of enforcing civil rights laws and protecting all American citizens, is a clear shot across the bow that Trump is going old school... Like 1950's style old school.

Sessions, who has had a long history of racist and bigoted behavior behind him, first gained national attention in1986 when then President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become a federal judge. The nomination was as far as it got because Sessions application was rejected by a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee due to his behavior concerning race.

For starters his ex-colleagues testified that he had described civil rights organizations, such as the NAACP, as "un-American", "Communist-inspired" and reportedly said of the organization that "they try to force civil rights down the throats of people"

According to co-workers Sessions once called the Voting Rights Act of 1965, legislation that gave African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment, a “piece of intrusive legislation.

To make matters worse Thomas H. Figures, a black federal prosecutor, said that Sessions had called him “boy,” and told him to “be careful what you say to white folks.

To really Make. Matters. Worse. Acquaintances of Sessions testified that he had said that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was fine “until I found out they smoked pot” The statement was made in connection with the prosecution of a Klan member who had hanged a black man.

Sessions' confirmation hearings in 1984

Now those were just a few racist tid-bits that came out during Sessions' confirmation hearings. The thing that really doomed Sessions' confirmation was that during his tenure U.S. Attorney in Mobile he undertook what some called a "witch hunt" when charged three African-American individuals with voting fraud for registering elderly black voters and helping them get absentee ballots. They included Albert Turner, a long-time civil rights activist an advisor to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. his wife Evelyn, and activist Spencer Hogue. Sessions, all without proof, claimed the three altered ballots for a Sept. 1984 primary election and charged the three with so many counts of voter fraud that they would have served 100 year sentences if convicted.

Sessions denied the prosecution targeted black voters even though the presiding judge threw out more than half of the charges for lack of evidence before the jury received the case. After hearing the case the jury acquitted the defendants of all charges in under five hours.

What's Jeff been up to lately?

Those were the bad old days. Let's take a look at what Jeff has been doing since the turn of the century.

Sessions, a staunch opponent of LGBT rights, in 2006, voted to advance a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He also vehemently opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

In 2010 Sessions has challenged the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S., a right guaranteed by the 14th amendment.

In 2013 he dismissed immigration reform as “ethnic politics” and warned that allowing too many immigrants would create “cultural problems” in the country.

Sessions voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 and against bipartisan legislation to curb sexual assault in the military in 2014 and 2015.

He wholeheartedly joined Donald Trump's proposed blanket ban on all of the world’s Muslims from entering the United States. Sessions in an interview with none other that Breitbart News mused that it was “appropriate to begin to discuss” the issue.

And in the piece de resistance when asked to respond to Trump's Access Hollywood tape in which he bragging about grabbing women by their genitals Sessions said "I don't characterize that as sexual assault."

Just another "goose" step in making America great again.

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