Donald Trump made a decision and extended the office of the Attorney General to a man who has already been rejected for a federal judgeship based on, you guessed it, racism. Jeff Sessions was an early and avid Trump supporter (much like David Duke) who is apparently being rewarded for that loyalty without regard to his ability or prejudice.
Ryan J. Reily, Sr Justice Editor at Huffington Post, nailed Sessions in one sentence:
The man who President-elect Donald Trump will nominate as the 84th attorney general of the United States was once rejected as a federal judge over allegations he called a black attorney “boy,” suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor, joked that the only issue he had with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use, and referred to civil rights groups as “un-American” organizations trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.”
If that racism wasn’t enough, it appears that Sessions also seems anti-Cannabis, well, he likes it less than he likes the KKK. Since the GOP removed the rescheduling of Marijuana from their platform earlier this year, that isn’t likely to be a stumbling block for his appointment in a Republican controlled congress.
As quoted by Jezebel:
Thomas Figures, a black assistant US attorney who worked for Sessions, testified that Sessions called him “boy” on multiple occasions and joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying that he thought Klan members were “OK, until he learned that they smoked marijuana.”
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Donald Trump seems to be setting this country up for the kind of leadership we see with dictators. The leadership that comes when ability and aptitude are secondary to loyalty to the party leader. He is purging his transition team in a way that has been described as “Stalinesque.” Mike Pence led the purge of Lobbyists, Christ Christie and those who he brought in with him. Chris Christie had once prosecuted Jared Kushner’s family members, Trump’s son-in-law who owns the New York Observer. Kushner is still a member of the Transition Team, and reportedly speaking to a lawyer about getting past federal anti-nepotism laws.
Jeff Sessions will likely face a very difficult time being confirmed, however, that isn’t what matters. Even if our congress protects us from a man who was already found too racist to be a federal judge, and apparently hates Marijuana more than the KKK, Trump picked him.
Watch a short video on Sessions here: