Unless you think all conservative Republicans are bad, I dare you to find anything horrible about Senator Jeff Sessions. There is an immense outcry by Democrats and a few civil rights advocates of whom I find little credibility. I haven’t seen such an organized character assassination since the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
Why’s he hated?
It’s all about politics. He is loved by his constituents, who are 27 percent Black. Not one person opposed him during his last election.
Maybe he is picked out for character assassination because he speaks with a deep Southern drawl and is from the old Jim Crow state of Alabama, which is very Republican. His appearance and demeanor can give people the impression of a mean person. His conservatism is clearly apparent and unbending.
Perhaps the biggest reason for all this hatred is that President-elect Donald Trump is a fan of Jeff Sessions, and the feeling is mutual. Sessions was one of Trump’s first supporters, and is Trump’s advisor and confidant. Democrats who are still in shock about the election see Sessions as a soft target.
The Democrats are going to push against every cabinet nominee that Trump nominates. Sessions is going to be one they fight against the most. By their reasoning, he is “the devil.” He fights against illegal immigration, has no tolerance for amnesty, and isn’t too fond of legal immigration, because migrants are willing to work for cheap labor and compete against middle-class wages.
He is also a climate change skeptic. That makes the environmentalists rise against him. These are the people who have no tolerance for any doubters. So we have the radical side of the Democratic Party, the environmentalists, and minorities ganging up on this public servant. Trump will become president and now this “boogeyman” is going to enforce law over all of us. They can’t handle it.
There is also something else bothering the left. If Sessions becomes attorney general, Hillary Clinton be at risk. She has been protected from prosecution for possible crimes she has committed as secretary of state. Sessions will bring anyone to justice who has broken the law.
Thus, many feel Sessions must be stopped.
They are trying to take a fine American away from his destiny. He has an impeccable record and has diligently served Alabama citizens. One of his major accomplishments as Alabama attorney general is his crushing victory over the Ku Klux Klan. However, his political enemies ignore that as the negative propaganda rolls on.
The Senate must stand firm and do the right thing. His confirmation would be consistent with the hard work and determination he has displayed while serving. Blacks who have worked under him are proud of their experience. They aren’t complaining.
He’s no racist
The media who constantly maligned the character of Donald Trump quickly switched gears after the election and pounced on Sessions. They call him a racist, although his son-in-law is Asian and sat behind him during the hearings. There have been no discrimination lawsuits against him.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions will become our attorney general. The press and Democrats won’t block him as they did in 1986. Led by Senator Ted Kennedy, the same tactics were used and he was denied a federal judgeship. Things will be different this time.
Harry C. Alford is the co-founder and president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.