Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions (R. Al), face the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning and unsurprisingly, nearly every thing he said was false. He denied, deflected, and lied about things that easily verifiable. So we’d like to walk you through a few of his statements that we verified as false pretty easily.
First, this statement:
A special priority for me in this regard will be aggressive enforcement of our laws to ensure access to the ballot for every eligible American voter, without hindrance or discrimination, and to ensure the integrity of the electoral process…
…I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters.
Fact Check #1:
Sessions argued in 1996 that the Voting Rights Act was “engineering” a political outcome, and championed the repeal of sections 3 and 5 of the Act, setting up special protections in southern states to combat discriminatory voting practices that were regulated by the federal government. In 2013, the Supreme Court repealed Section 3, a decision that opened the floodgates to anti-voting laws throughout the South, especially in North Carolina. Sessions praised the move, calling it “good news…for the South.”
In 1985, Sessions prosecuted three black men, known as “The Marion Three,” which included MLK’s former aid Albert Turner, on charges of voter fraud. The “Marion Three” were renowned in their community for being voting rights and registration activists. They were acquitted by a jury after a brief deliberation, and Sessions publicly admitted he both did not regret his decision and that he was shoddy in his apporach.
Sessions, once referred to the NAACP as “un-American” and supports the discriminatory voter ID laws “on the surface.”
Session has a long history of aggression against black voters, and that will not change as Attorney General.
The second statement we’re reviewing is this one:
I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the LGBT community.
Fact Check #2:
This one is almost laughable in it’s absurdity. A Ryan Denson report explains just how well Sessions really understands the LGBT community:
Senator Sessions has a zero rating from the United States’ largest gay rights advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign. Sessions opposes same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption rights, and voted against hate crimes preventions (he said such legislation would “cheapen civil rights” in America). He opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and supports a federal marriage amendment.
With regards to the possibility of a gay supreme court justice, Sessions is on record saying, “that would be a big concern that the American people might feel—might feel uneasy about that.”
Finally, this statement:
I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse.
Fact Check #3:
Again, Senator Sessions has a long history that disproves this statement easily. He has fought long and hard against Women’s rights and against protecting abuse victim. Again from Denson:
Senator Sessions voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, citing concerns about issues pertaining to tribal procedure, although the issues pertaining to LGBT women may have played a role in Sessions’ “no” vote.
In October, when a video surfaced of Donald Trump bragging about grabbing a woman by the genitals, Sessions was asked whether or not he believed such bragging constituted sexual assault. His Response? “I don’t characterize that as sexual assault, I think that’s a stretch … I don’t know. It’s not clear that he – how that would occur.”
Sessions voted against the largest piece of legislation that helps combat abuse and defended his preferred candidate when it became evident he has sexually assaulted at least one woman in his lifetime.
Senator Sessions has a long and easily verifiable history of working against voting rights, gay rights and women’s rights. Don’t let him get away with lying through his teeth like he did all day on Tuesday.