Saturday, November 19, 2016
How ugly will Democrats get in smearing Jeff Sessions?
Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, will likely face a tough confirmation fight. What remains to be seen is how ugly those hearings will get.
No sooner had Sessions been named than the left — and much of the press — were tarring the Alabama senator as a racist. The NAACP tweeted that he “supports an old, ugly history” when it comes to civil rights.
Most of this traces to 1986, when the Senate rejected his nomination for a federal judgeship, based on hearsay testimony from two lawyers alleging he’d made racially charged statements.
Sessions denied some of the statements and apologized for others, while defending his record. The late Sen. Arlen Specter, a liberal Republican who cast the deciding vote against Sessions, later called it “a mistake” that “remains one of my biggest regrets.”