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Joseph writes: "Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) had barely entered the room for his Attorney General confirmation hearing when he was met by protesters."

Men dressed up as KKK members jumped out of their seats at Senator Jeff Sessions' Attorney General confirmation hearing. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Men dressed up as KKK members jumped out of their seats at Senator Jeff Sessions' Attorney General confirmation hearing. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


Protesters Dressed as KKK Members Dragged out of Sessions' Attorney General Hearing

By Cameron Joseph, New York Daily News

10 January 17

 

en. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) had barely entered the room for his Attorney General confirmation hearing when he was met by protesters.

A pair of men dressed as KKK members jumped up on their seats in the back of the Senate hearing room the moment Sessions walked in, adopting seemingly fake southern accents to troll the controversial senator.

"Thank you so much for being here for the people. White people don't get arrested. You can't arrest me, I'm white! What do we have to do, wait for the inauguration? This is craziness!" one of the men said as he was dragged out of the room by Capitol police.

Sessions' controversial racial record quickly emerged as the central focus of Democrats in his confirmation hearings, which began Tuesday morning — both from the senators and from protestors.

A cadre of activists with the leftwing group Code Pink, dressed up in pink statue of liberty outfits, and a group of marijuana advocates sat in the back of the room.

"No Trump, no KKK. No fascist USA," three chanted as they were dragged out by Capitol police during Session's opening statement. Seven protesters had been removed from the room by 11 a.m.

One of those protesters with Code Pink was pulled from the room for laughing when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), in introducing his home-state colleague, described his "extensive record of treating all Americans fairly under the law."

"He said something funny, so I laughed!" she complained as she was hauled out by police.

Code Pink activist Ariel Gold told the Daily News they had come "to oppose racism, homophobia, anti-immigrant policies," and said Sessions was "blatantly racist."

Two more were dragged out after interrupting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as he questioned Sessions.

"I think they're on the fence about GITMO," Graham joked.

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+2 # JJS 2017-01-10 20:10
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
Get into it. The name says it all.
 
 
+5 # jimallyn 2017-01-11 00:51
Proud of these anti-Trump protestors! Everybody needs to get involved in resisting and protesting Trump.
 
 
-6 # lnason@umassd.edu 2017-01-11 09:49
I have never supported Jeff Sessions for anything since I disapprove of his positions on virtually all social issues but these protestors were an embarrassment to the many (though not all -- Franken was inarticulately and blissfully ignorant) Democrats who had known Sessions for decades and were obviously quite aware that he was not a racist.

The meme that all Republicans are racists is getting thin and one wonders how one would behave if a real racist showed up in the hallowed halls of Congress. Oh, wait, we did have one -- Democratic Senator Robert Byrd who was a KKK recruiter -- and Hillary Clinton praised him as her "friend and mentor."

Stop with the hypocrisy already.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+4 # chrisconnolly 2017-01-11 13:36
"The meme that all Republicans are racists is getting thin" is laughable in light of the meme that all Democrats and liberals are dirty, stupid, ignorant bleeding hearts. Sessions' comment that he respected the KKK until he found out they smoked marijuana is certainly a blatant face of racism. And it certainly seems appropriate to think that all Republicans are racists and misogynists since they so enthusiasticall y support anybody with an R by their name, regardless of their racist prognostication s. They are spades who should be called spades.
 

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