Earlier Tuesday morning, during the confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, a group of protestors made their feelings known.
A couple of the protesters dressed up as members of the Ku Klux Klan, wearing whites robes with foam fingers that read “GO, JEFF BOY!” and “KKK!” The men were part of the Code Pink activist group. The group was eventually escorted out of the hearing, but yelled “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” before they were sent out.
Another member of the group yelled out “You can’t arrest me, I’m a white man! You cannot take me out of here, I own this government!”
Several civil-rights organizations have expressed outrage that Trump chose Sessions for the role, including the NAACP and the ACLU. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund in particular pointed out that Sessions has a “decades-long record—from his early days as a prosecutor to his present role as a senator—of opposing civil rights and equality.”
Sessions has called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American and Communist” for “ramming civil liberties down our throat.” Sessions, when asked how feels when people call him racist, said: “Well, it does not feel good.”