A man once considered too racist to be a federal judge could become the next Attorney General of the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Senator Jeff Sessions for the high-ranking government position, so get to know more about this controversial pick.
1. He was once considered too racist for Republicans in the 1980s.
You’d think that after the backlash from appointing Steve Bannon, 57, — a man accused of being a racist and anti-Semite – Donald, 70, would avoid making the same mistake twice. Think again. While Jeff, 69, was serving as a U.S. prosecutor in his home state of Alabama, President Ronald Reagan nominated him for a federal judgeship.
There was just one problem. Former colleagues said Jeff called civil rights groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were “un-American,” according to The New York Times. Thomas H. Figures also testified that Jeff said that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was fine “until I found out they smoked pot.” Jeff dismissed that remark as a joke, but the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary committee wasn’t laughing. They rejected his nomination.
2. He’s not a friend of LGBT issues.
Jeff has twice voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would define marriage as “one man, one woman” in the United States. He voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, which makes attacks on LGBT people because of their sexual orientation a hate crime.
3. Jeff is no fan of immigrants.
The National Review, a conservative publication, crowned Jeff “amnesty’s worst enemy” in 2014, according to the Washington Post. He deserves the title. Jeff has opposed every immigration bill that included a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the US illegally. He also fought legal immigration, fighting guest worker programs and visa programs for foreign workers in science, math and high tech. He was also a vocal supporter of Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims from entering the country.
4. Climate Change? Jeff doesn’t believe in it.
“Carbon pollution is CO2,” Jeff once said while questioning the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gina McCarthy, 62, in 2015. “That’s really not a pollutant; that’s a plant food, and it doesn’t harm anybody except that it might include temperature increases.
5. He’s bad news to the states that legalized pot use.
While interviewing the Drug Enforcement Agency’s acting direction Michele Leonhart, 60, in 2010, Jeff (while sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee) said, “I’m a big fan of the DEA.” He then hammered home his anti-marijuana stance, demanding that Michele pledge to fight any form or legalization. As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions may strictly enforce the federal government’s prohibition of cannabis, despite all those states that just made it legal in one form or another.
What do you think about Trump’s pick, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’ll get confirmed?