Jeff Sessions is not funny; he’s not even amusing. Sessions is a white supremacist who is defaming the office of the Attorney General.
Denied a federal judgeship more than 30 years ago, Sessions was nominated by Trump before his inauguration. His racism is well documented, and during his confirmation hearing pro and con statements were made. Sadly, the ‘pro’ comments were blatant lies.
One woman in the room was unable to restrain her laughter as Senator Richard Shelby, also from Alabama, offered fallacious testimony in favor of Sessions. He claimed that Sessions has a record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz laughed at Shelby’s nonsensical and unverified statement. She was arrested. Sessions has decided to continue with her prosecution.
What is Ms. Fairooz charged with? It is alleged that “the laugh amounted to willful ‘disorderly and disruptive conduct’ intended to ‘impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct’ of congressional proceedings.” Really?
Let’s look at the facts about likely KKK member Jeff Sessions.
His history, state and federal, is filled with supporting unfair treatment for minorities. He is on record as opposing the Voting Rights Act. He voted against hate crime legislation. His reasoning was that the law was intended to protect the LGBTQ community. “Today, I’m not sure women or people with different sexual orientations face that kind of discrimination. I just don’t see it.” And his nomination for a position as a federal judge was rejected in the 1980s after he was accused of making racist remarks, including a supposed joke that he thought the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.”
This is the the man who is supposed to represent all Americans; guaranteeing equal rights and equal protection under the law. He should never have been confirmed by the hypocritical Republican led Senate. This is a disgrace to our judicial system.
If I had been in the room, I would have laughed along with Ms. Fairooz. I’d be proud to spend time in jail with her if necessary.
by James Turnage
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