It appears Jeff Sessions is the Trump nominee most of the progressive left seems intent to fight.
Press releases prepping for a confirmation battle flooded journalists’ inboxes on Monday. This from Lambda Legal:
“The Attorney General is the top lawyer in the land. Their job is to enforce the law and protect the civil rights of everybody in the country. Jeff Sessions has demeaned and dismissed LGBT people at every turn – especially those of us who are also immigrants, women, and people of color. He is a lifelong opponent of civil rights, and he is unfit to serve as Attorney General.”
The American Civil Liberties Union announced its national legal director, David Cole, will testify at Sessions’ confirmation hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.
“The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support or oppose nominees for federal office. As a result the ACLU rarely testifies in confirmation hearings. However, the organization is taking the extraordinary step of testifying in this hearing because Sen. Sessions’ record raises significant, serious questions about his hostility to civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU believes he must satisfactorily answer questions on these issues before a confirmation vote proceeds.”
Sessions, 70, a Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama, has a long and documented history of opposition to LGBT rights. He opposes open military service by LGBT Americans, voted for a proposed constitutional amendment intended to ban same-sex marriage, opposes protections for LGBT Americans in the workplace and voted against the federal hate crimes law.
Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, said Sessions’ record “reveals a politician who is transparently and vehemently against LGBTQ people, immigrants and people of color.”
Last week, members of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) staged a sit-in at Sessions’ Mobile, Ala. office to protest his nomination. In 1986, Sessions allegedly called a white attorney who defended a black client a “traitor to his race.”
Not to be left out, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is opposing the Sessions nomination on the grounds he does not respect state rights.
"Join us and marijuana consumers across the country by calling your Senators and telling them #JustSayNoToSessions," NORML tweeted on Monday.