Dem Rep on Trump AG: If You’re Nostalgic For ‘Days When Blacks Kept Quiet,’ Sessions ‘Is Your Man’
This morning it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump had made his choice for Attorney General — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Sessions was one of the first Washington lawmakers to endorse Trump during his campaign and it appears he is now being rewarded for his loyalty.
However, it appears that Sessions is going to have to deal with quite a bit of negative press heading into a confirmation, specifically considering some of his past statements related to race. He’s called the NAACP “un-American” and “communist inspired.” He was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 over those comments and others that were deemed racist.
In that context, Democrats have already started hitting back at Trump’s choice. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) released the following statement in response.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez not exactly parsing words on Sessions: pic.twitter.com/apfqtHMIF8
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) November 18, 2016
Besides hitting Sessions on his views and how he believes it will set the country back, one has to notice the Gutierrez’s use of Sessions full name. By referring to him as “Jefferson Beauregard Sessions,” Gutierrez is both highlighting Sessions’ Southern heritage and utilizing certain conservative tactics used against Barack Obama when they would say his whole name to ‘otherize’ him.
According to the Washington Post, Senate Democrats have promised a tough confirmation review for Sessions.
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