NEW VIDEO: Jeff Sessions: The KKK’s First Step To “Taking America Back”

Senate Called On to Reject Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions Over His Disqualifying Anti-Civil Rights Record


 Sessions’ Long History of Squashing Civil Rights of Minorities, LGBT, People with Disabilities, and Women is Anathema to the Office of Attorney General and American Values


Sessions Was Denied a Federal Judgeship by Fellow Republicans in 1986 for a Reason, The Same Reason the KKK is Cheering On His Nomination for America’s Top Lawyer Today


Watch New Video ‘KKK or the USA?’: 


Washington DC (December 1, 2016) – Today at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, civil rights and progressive leaders gathered together to implore the U.S. Senate to deny President-elect Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. Attorney General given his troubling decades-long record of racial insensitivity, hostility towards the LGBT community, callous attitude toward people with disabilities, and treatment of women as second-class citizens. See the record below and watch video of the press event HERE. 


Following the event, letters signed by 144 national organizations were hand-delivered to key Senators that lays out why Sessions in no way meets the standard to be the nation’s top attorney, someone who is supposed to enforce all Americans’ civil rights and be a fair arbiter of justice. In addition, Americans United for Change released a new video featuring audio of David Duke -- the white nationalist radio host, infamous anti-Semite,  and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard -- praising the AG nomination of Senator Sessions as a first step to “taking America back.” The question to Senators: do you stand alongside the KKK, or those who support equal rights and justice for all citizens of the USA? 


In 1986, President Reagan nominated Sessions to a federal court judgeship in the U.S. Southern District of Alabama. Over four days, Sessions’ record of undermining civil rights was reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee under a Republican-led Senate.  The Committee rejected his nomination by 10-8 vote with the help of two Republicans.  It was only the second time in 50 years that the Committee failed to report a judicial nomination to the full Senate. His record of racial and sexual bigotry and animus towards women’s rights only got worse during his 20 years as a U.S. Senator. 


Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “It’s no mystery why Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wants to fast-track Sessions’ nomination process and hold hearings in the middle of the holiday season before Trump is even sworn in as President. Republicans are trying to minimize public scrutiny of Session’s record. But all it takes it one glimpse at the record to know Senator Jeff Sessions’ problems with minorities and women would be a serious problem for American justice and civil rights. A bipartisan group of Senators torpedoed Sessions’ bid to be a federal judge in 1986 over his history of racist remarks and vocal support for the KKK, a hate group that tellingly is thrilled with his nomination for AG today. If Jeff Sessions was deemed too racially insensitive in 1986 by a Senate that included the likes of Jesse Helms, how in the world could anyone consider him a level-headed choice for attorney general in 2016. Sessions would have been a toxic pick even in the pre-Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act Mad Men-era. This is a guy who recently stated he doesn’t believe grabbing a woman in the crotch constitutes sexual assault! There’s no question that Republicans who deny Sessions’ nomination would be on the right side of history.  Or do Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley and company want to be remembered for consenting to a person who marginalizes huge segments of the population becoming the ‘people’s lawyer’?


BACKGROUND: Sessions’ History of Trampling Civil Rights of Monitories and Women Makes Him an Appalling Choice for AG