Minutes before Sen. Jeff Sessions‘ confirmation hearing began Tuesday morning, protests took the attention of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two demonstrators dressed as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members erupted with shouts of “white power” against Donald Trump‘s pick for attorney general.
“You can’t arrest me! I’m white!” one of the protesters said as Capitol Police removed both men from the hearing room.
As Sessions walked in… pic.twitter.com/4cmgzRL2q2
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) January 10, 2017
HAPPENING NOW: Protestor thrown out of Sessions confirmation hearing. Dressed as klansman. pic.twitter.com/2DPJhg7M8M
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 10, 2017
Sessions gave no visible reaction to the outbursts, and proceeded to enter the room acknowledging friends and colleagues.
The protests come, as the conservative Alabama senator faces concerns over how committed he would be to civil rights.
“I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters,’’ Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee once the hearing began. “I have witnessed it … While humans must recognize the the limits of their abilities — and I do — I am ready for this job. We will do it right.”