Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pointedly undoing the progress that anti-prison and criminal justice reform advocates have worked for over the years.
Elizabeth Warren has had a major turnaround in regards to her public perception among liberals. Just weeks ago, she was part of a senate committee that unanimously approved Ben Carson to become the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Now, she’s become a symbol for Anti-Trump sentiment after she was silenced by Republic senators during a debate.
Days after clinching the U.S. presidency in November, Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his pick for Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. From stating he was once “okay with the Ku Klux Klan” until he learned they smoked marijuana, to prosecuting Black activists in the decades following the fall of Jim Crow for registering people to vote, Sessions’ past, like Trump’s, is filled with controversial, biased and racially-charged rhetoric and action.
Civil rights groups around the country have begun mobilizing against his confirmation and urging senators to reject him. I spoke with longtime filmmaker and activist dream hampton about her efforts, in tandem with the advocacy group Drug Policy Alliance, to block Sessions’ confirmation as U.S. Attorney General.
In the entire history of the United States government, a sitting senator has never testified against the appointment of another to a cabinet position. Today, Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J. will make history by being the first as part of Sen. Jeff Sessions R-Al. confirmation hearing to become the next Attorney General.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions began the two-day process to potentially become attorney general on Tuesday. After being nominated by President-elect Donald Trump, the hearings and the following vote are all that stand between him and becoming the head of the Department of Justice.
Senators from across the United States have aimed questions at Sessions’ regarding his concerning history supporting the Ku Klux Klan, calling the NAACP “unAmerican,” denying climate change and even challenging legal immigration.
The long-time senator of Alabama has collected many enemies during his 20 years in Congress. Many of them revealed themselves to be int he crowd during his confirmation hearings in the form of vocal protests.
In the words of the great Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.”
This phrase has continually come back to me throughout President-Elect Donald Trump’s political campaign, as he has affirmed his character, or lack thereof, to me, to the American people, and to the world. Very little surprises me about Trump at this point because from the opening statements of his campaign, he has demonstrated that he has no regard for what is right and only has regard for himself.