We all know the elites in both parties live in a bubble, but perhaps it’s just time to let the progressives whine, pout, and howl in their own bubble, while the rest of us try to move forward. Why? Because if the Left’s reaction to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) being selected as Trump’s attorney general are any indication of what’s to come—it’s better to just ignore them. Folks, as I’m sure you already know, we’re all racists, misogynists, homophobes, and islamophobes because we don’t kowtow to the progressive authoritarian ethos of the culture wars. And Middle America has had enough of it too, evident with voters in the Rust Belt ignoring Clinton’s attacks against Trump’s remarks he's made over the 2016 cycle. The liberal bubbles were teeming with Trump hate, but the rest of the country shrugged. With Sessions officially selected to be out next attorney general, the accusations of racism from his 1986 nomination to a federal judgeship are being rehashed, despite zero concrete evidence showing that Sessions harbors such feelings (via CNN):
There is no other way to describe Jeff Sessions but as a career racist.https://t.co/qPlbXMKYDw— Alice Speri (@alicesperi) November 18, 2016
1st & 2nd black AGs will be followed by a guy named for Confederate leaders who was deemed too racist to be a judge https://t.co/p85hR9qoqg— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) November 18, 2016
Jeff Sessions for AG? The man supports anti-immigrant policies and was deemed too racist for federal judgeship by GOP Senate. Unacceptable.— CatherineCortezMasto (@CatherineForNV) November 18, 2016
It was 30 years ago that Sessions was denied a federal judgeship. At the time, he was a 39-year-old US attorney in Alabama.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony during hearings in March and May 1986, that Sessions had made racist remarks and called the NAACP and ACLU "un-American."
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."
"I am not a racist, I am not insensitive to blacks. I have supported civil rights activity in my state. I have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He said he detested the Klan, and called the assertion that he made those statements "ludicrous."
Indeed. Also, a lot of Sessions’ other remarks, he was vehemently denied calling Figures “boy” has been grossly taken out of context. Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard wrote how Sessions a) supported Eric Holder’s attorney general nomination; b) fought the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama; and c) desegregated schools:
In 2009, Sessions himself told me that "When I got to Washington, there had been an orchestrated campaign to smear my record, and it was executed with great care. And I, frankly, was a babe in the woods and wasn't sufficiently prepared for it." For that reason, when Sessions got to the Senate he has always been more deferential toward nominations than most of his GOP colleagues. For instance, he was one of the only Republican senators to support Eric Holder's nomination for attorney general.
Sessions's actual track record certainly doesn't suggest he's a racist. Quite the opposite, in fact. As a U.S. Attorney he filed several cases to desegregate schools in Alabama. And he also prosecuted the head of the state Klan, Henry Francis Hays, for abducting and killing Michael Donald, a black teenager selected at random. Sessions insisted on the death penalty for Hays. When he was later elected the state Attorney General, Sessions followed through and made sure Hays was executed. The successful prosecution of Hays also led to a $7 million civil judgment against the Klan, effectively breaking the back of the KKK in Alabama.
In 2009, Sessions said that Holder would be “a responsible legal officer and not a politician.” Also, the late Arlen Specter (D-PA), who had switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in order to better his chances of re-election, said in that same year that his vote to oppose Sessions’ judicial nomination was wrong (via Politico):
Specter told reporters that out of the 10,000 votes he has cast, he can now recall one that he regrets.
“I don’t expect everybody to agree with all my votes, and I don’t agree with all my votes, either, at this point ... and I was asked the other day what vote I regretted, and I couldn’t’ think of one that I wanted to publicly state, but I’m prepared to do that now in response to your question,” Specter said. “My vote against candidate Sessions for the federal court was a mistake.”
Asked why, Specter said, "because I have since found that Sen. Sessions is egalitarian."
Yes, there are still racists in this country, but before we tar and feather someone, let’s see the evidence that isn’t part of the made up, arbitrary, and politically correct criteria of the social justice warrior. Sessions has denied some of the most egregious claims lobbed against him, he’s earned the respect of senators who have come to regret their vote against his 1986 nomination, and he has a track record of fighting racism and promoting equality. Guys, he supported Eric Holder’s nomination. That’s the ball game regarding these allegations that Sessions might be a racist. This is just an utter lack of history or convenient amnesia by the Left, who still can’t believe that Hillary lost to Trump. Get over it.
(H/T Mark Hemingway/TWS)