Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders on Friday said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is “unfit” to be the next attorney general, and called on the Senate to reject him.
“To have Sen. Sessions as attorney general is a nightmare we cannot wake up from,” Sharpton said of Sessions.
In a press call with reporters, Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said the Alabama Republican’s “record on civil and human rights makes him simply unfit to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.”
Henderson also cited Sessions’ initial Senate Judiciary questionnaire, which civil rights groups have called “woefully inadequate.”
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“His conduct so far demonstrates a fundamental disregard of the office of attorney general,” Henderson added.
Sessions’ hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee is set for next week. It is set for only two days, which has upset Democrats and civil rights advocates — Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was the last outgoing senator, was grilled for four days.
Henderson called this move by Senate Republicans a “rigging.”
NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks added that his group is mainly concerned about Sessions’ record on voting rights.
Sessions “supported the weakening a key provision of the Voting Rights Act,” Brooks said, adding that he is “the worst possible nominees to serve as attorney general as the United States.”
Brooks was one of six NAACP leaders who was arrested after holding a sit-in in Sessions’ Mobile, Ala., office earlier this week. The group vowed to remain in place until Sessions’ nomination was withdrawn or they were arrested. Each received a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing before being released on bond.
Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Christopher Kang of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Janet Murguía of the National Council of La Raza and Thomas Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund also urged the Senate to stop Sessions’ confirmation.
In a press release announcing the call, the group of advocates pushed the hashtag “#StopSessions” for social media.
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