By staffing his administration with white supremacists, President-elect Donald Trump has openly declared war on Civil Rights, threatening to erase 50 years of progress. Three of Trump’s first five appointees have ties or views that are in line with the white supremacist movement.
The latest of these appointees, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who will be Trump’s Attorney General and former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be Trump’s national security advisor are troubling on multiple fronts.
Sessions, whose career has been defined by his opposition to civil rights, had criticized civil rights groups as “un-American” and “Communist-inspired” and accused them of trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people.”
Democrats and Civil rights groups have blasted President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as United States Attorney General.
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) didn’t mince words in his condemnation of Sen. Jeff Sessions,
“If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible and women stayed in the kitchen, Senator Sessions is your man,” Gutiérrez said in a statement Friday.
Gutiérrez’ statement referenced Sessions’ stance on immigration and the comments that lost him a seat on the federal bench:
“No senator has fought harder against the hopes and aspirations of Latinos, immigrants, and people of color than Sen. Sessions. He is a staunch opponent of legal immigration and someone who has blocked every effort to improve, modernize, and humanize our immigration system, which is two or three decades out-of-date. He ran for the Senate because he was deemed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as too racist to serve as a federal judge. He is the kind of person who will set back law enforcement, civil rights, the courts, and increase America’s mass incarceration industry and erase 50 years of progress.”
In 1986, Sessions called a white civil rights attorney a “disgrace to his race,” and later admitted to referring to the Voting Rights Act as “a piece of intrusive legislation.” He later opposed efforts to update the landmark law.