Career racist and all-around terrible person Jeff Sessions was deemed too racist to be a federal judge after allegedly calling a black attorney “boy” and insinuating that a white lawyer who had black clients was “disgrace to his race,” was an easy pick for Donald Trump as our 84th attorney general, but his confirmation hearing got quite uncomfortable for Sessions, who “was fine with” the Ku Klux Klan until he “found out they smoke pot,” when two protesters dressed as Klansman and holding signs supportive of Trump’s nominee, barged into his hearing.
The two men were peacefully taken away by security guards, but one of the men yelled out something that perfectly represents the Trump administration:
“You can’t arrest me, I’m a white man! You cannot take me out of here, I own this government!”
Sessions’ nomination, like Trump’s before his, was recently praised by prominent white supremacist David Duke, who says he hopes the Trump pick will “stop the massive institutional race discrimination against whites.” This, of course won’t be a problem for Sessions, who complains that the NAACP and ACLU are “trying to force civil rights down the throats of people.”
The Intercept highlights some of Sessions’ most prominent career moments:
If Sessions’s racism killed his chance on the bench, it certainly didn’t kill his political career, and a decade later, he was elected to the Senate, where he spent the next two decades fighting civil rights progress.
Among other positions, Sessions opposed the Violence Against Women Act, the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and the expansion of anti-hate legislation to include sexual orientation.
He fought the removal of the Confederate flag from public buildings, immigration reform, and criminal justice reform.
Sessions’s opposition to voting rights — which as attorney general he would be in charge of protecting — dates back to his days as U.S. attorney in Alabama, when he wrongly prosecuted a group of black activists for voter fraud. Decades later, in 2013, he praised the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, denying its impact on black voters, even as the immediate impact in his own state was that officials tried to close 31 DMV offices, in majority black counties, just as the state passed more restrictive voter ID requirements.
In February, Sessions was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump. And following Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” remark, the future top prosecutor in the country said, “I don’t characterize that as sexual assault.”
Trump, who was endorsed by the KKK, said he would instruct his attorney general to investigate Black Lives Matter. If Sessions gets confirmed, he’ll be the right man to lead that effort.
Watch the scene for yourself below: