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Who is leading the charge in the Senate for the Republicans against President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor? That would be Senator Jeff Sessions. And this is where things get interesting.
“He came before this committee 22 years ago, when he was nominated by President Reagan to be a U.S. district judge. The committee killed the nomination on a 9-9 vote, in part because some critics of Sessions testified that he had demonstrated “gross insensitivity” on racial issues. A U.S. attorney had testified that he had heard Sessions claim that he had once admired the Ku Klux Klan,” according to the L.A. Times.
Hmmm…so the Republicans are rallying behind a racist in their attempt to label Sotomayor as a racist? Well, isn’t that telling.
Here is additional information about Sessions’ racial insensitivity, courtesy of Wikipedia:
In 1986, Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship by President Ronald Reagan. The nomination was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which refused by a 9-9 vote to let the nomination come to the Senate floor for a vote. Sessions’s opponents accused him of “gross insensitivity” on racial issues. Sessions allegedly made a variety of comments that opponents pointed to, when he jokingly said that the Ku Klux Klan was not so bad until he found out that some of them smoked marijuana. Sessions also allegedly referred to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as “un-American” and “Communist-inspired” because they “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” At his confirmation hearings, Sessions said that the groups could be un-American when “they involve themselves in un-American positions” in foreign policy. Sessions claimed that the remarks had been made in jest.
Good grief! What a bunch of haters the Republicans have become…