LGBT organizations are finding common cause in opposition of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for Attorney General.
The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund released a statement calling on Trump to withdraw his proposal of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) as America’s top lawyer.
“Senator Jeff Session’s long track record reveals a politician who is transparently and vehemently against LGBTQ people, immigrants (both documented and undocumented) and people of color. This is the person who said the KKK is ‘OK.’ Well having someone like that as Attorney General isn’t ‘OK.’ President-elect Trump’s notorious comments about Mexicans, Muslims and people of color during the election campaign emerge from a mindset that Mr. Sessions represents. He was rejected by the Senate for a federal judgeship in the past because of his bigoted views. He hasn’t changed – and he shouldn’t be nominated nor confirmed,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
According to the Alliance for Justice, Sessions is “unfit in every way” for U.S. Attorney General. An association of more than 100 progressive values organizations, the Alliance for Justice contends Sessions “has demonstrated throughout his career that he is incapable of and unqualified for this important role.”
The Human Rights Campaign has given Sessions a 0 percent rating in six of its seven scorecards. As a U.S. Senator, Sessions voted against the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and voted for a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage.
“It is deeply disturbing that Jeff Sessions, who has such a clear animus against so many Americans – including the LGBTQ community, women and people of color – could be charged with running the very system of justice designed to protect them,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.