By IAN SCOTT WILSON
Jeff Sessions, on February 1, was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee in an 11-9 vote. The full Senate voted 52 to 47 (as opposed to 56 to 43 for Loretta Lynch with Republicans breaking rank, and 75 to 21 for Eric Holder also with Republicans breaking rank). This is fantastic! Of course, the vote in the Judiciary committee was split completely down party lines. Similar partisanship also occurred in the final Senate vote, but with one Democrat voting for Sessions. I find this to be reason for excitement. The man is a strong Constitutionalist—an idea inseparable from what makes the United States the greatest nation in history. But still he has his detractors. However, every argument against Sessions falls flat upon even the briefest review of the facts. Cries of “Sessions is a racist” is basically the loudest and so should be addressed.
Racist is a strong word, and racists do exist, though not in the case of Sessions. Sessions has actually been a strong proponent of civil rights for decades. Consider the following: Sessions co-sponsored a bill that awarded Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest awards for civilians; Sessions was part of the case against a KKK lynching of a black man in Alabama in the 80s and helped to make sure that the actual racist was executed; and Sessions fought voter fraud on behalf of black prosecutors in Alabama (also against black defendants, hence the racism charge). But instead, Democrats would rather call him a racist and shut down the conversation, because to even question the accusation is heresy. Forget facts, it matters far more that they feel he is a racist. Here is my challenge: prove it.
The real reason he is being opposed is because he is a conservative. He values the Constitution and doesn’t have a D after his name.