During this morning’s confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s attorney general nomination, avowed racist Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), protesters made their feelings known with some poignant imagery.
Dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes and waving giant foam fingers that said “GO, JEFF BOY!” and “KKK!” They were joined by other members of the Code Pink activist group, who chanted “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!” and waved signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.”
As security guards escorted them out of the building, one of them screamed “You can’t arrest me, I’m a white man! You cannot take me out of here, I own this government!”
Their concerns are extremely well-founded. Jeff Sessions was denied a federal circuit judge nomination because he is such an unrepentant racist. He said that he liked the KKK until he “found out they smoked pot;” he called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American and Communist” for “ramming civil liberties down our throat.”
An assistant attorney remembers how Sessions told him “be careful what you say to white folks.” After Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood tape was made public, Sessions – a lawyer – said that he didn’t think that grabbing a woman’s genitals constituted sexual assault. He is a caricature of a Southern white man, a walking stereotype of white patriarchy, exaggerated misogyny and racism, the hateful superiority of Trumpism manifest, and we cannot allow him to become the largest
These protesters dressed in KKK robes heckled senators at Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general. pic.twitter.com/zDf4Lbnc96
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Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.