The Reverend Al Sharpton is making headlines this weekend after blasting Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and appearing to incite a race war.
Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is set to face the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, while the Rev. Al Sharpton is ramping up opposition to his appointment this weekend, just hours ahead of the start to the two-day confirmation hearing to take place on Capitol Hill.
On Friday, Sharpton engaged in a tirade against Sessions, describing Trump’s pick for attorney general as a “nightmare.” He is now rallying the support of other civil rights leaders in an attempt to block Sessions’ confirmation.
Can Jeff Sessions be stopped from becoming AG. What will happen in confirmation hearings this week? I ask two Senators to break it down.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 8, 2017
“For Sessions, a child of Selma, Alabama, to refer to the Voting Rights Act as ‘intrusive…,’ to have this man over the department is a nightmare that we cannot wake up from. There will be a season of civil disobedience around the Sessions nomination,” said the reverend.
Fox News Channel’s American Election Headquarters spoke with former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon to get his reaction to Rev. Sharpton’s inflammatory statements:
“As always, the good reverend is looking for race in all the wrong places, as he usually is. And, once again, we see him going after the character of a conservative.
Jeff Sessions has the character, he has the credentials, and he has the ability to lead this country as attorney general.
I’m not surprised that Al Sharpton is using the race-baiting tactics that made him famous. I mean, once again, we see him using these tactics to go after a conservative to try to discredit him.
But we know this, when the liberals are losing they always play the race card, so if you want to know if you’re winning against the liberals, just wait for them to squeal about racism. That’s exactly what we have here and I don’t think anybody’s surprised by the good reverend’s comments.”
Watch the full interview with Shannon below:
As reported in the Washington Examiner, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Christopher Kang of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Janet Murguía of the National Council of La Raza, and Thomas Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund are all on hand urging the Senate to stop Sessions’ confirmation.
The group of advocates is pushing the hashtag “#StopSessions” on social media.
Sharpton’s actions are a last ditch effort to stir up the controversy that surrounded Sessions’ 1986 withdrawal of his nomination when trying to become a U.S. district court judge, following the claim by a witness that he’d heard Sessions make racially charged comments about the NAACP.
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