‘A Threat to Civil Rights' – Now That KKK Endorsed Jeff Sessions Has Been Confirmed as US Attorney General Many Are Fearing the Worst

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09:  Jeff Sessions listens as U.S. President Donald Trump introduces him prior to being sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney General in the Oval Office of the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump also signed three executive orders immediately after the swearing in ceremony.  (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

‘A Threat to Civil Rights' – Now That KKK Endorsed Jeff Sessions Has Been Confirmed as US Attorney General Many Are Fearing the Worst

“Too racist for 1986, just racist enough for 2017.”

Published February 9, 2017

On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed nominee Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general, in a surprising 52-47 vote. Although the Alabama senator landed the new title, he was met with heavy opposition for Democratic senators, according to NPR.

Sessions received a vote from every Republican in Senate and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Sessions himself voted "present" on his own nomination.

Throughout Sessions’s confirmations hearings, past allegations of racism were often brought up by questioning Democrats. In the 1980s, Sessions attempted to be a federal judge under Ronald Reagan; however, he was seen to be too racist or bigoted to hold the position.

During his confirmation hearing, he refuted any claims of racism and said that many of his comments were used out of context.

"I did not harbor the kind of animosities and race-based discrimination ideas I was accused of. I did not," Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

  1. Sessions was confirmed during an intense vote on the Senate floor
  2. President Donald Trump attended Sessions's swearing-in ceremony
  3. After his confirmation, David Duke of the KKK tweeted his support, which many found appalling
  4. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who actively opposed his nomination, said that she and other democrats plan to hold him fully accountable
  5. Senator Cory Booker posted a video in which he reminded people that our fight will continue
  6. Bernie Sanders refused to hold back when he said Jeff Sessions cannot protect the Constitution
  7. Based on Jeff Sessions's past, most fear this is a replaying of a very racist history
  8. However, it is important to remember that we must continue to fight any unjust actions taken by Sessions or the entire Trump administration

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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