Sen. Jeff Sessions has been nominated as the attorney general for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet but fellow Sen. Cory Booker, along with civil rights legend Georgia Rep. John Lewis and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond, opposes his nomination.
Booker became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position. He gave an emotional speech, outlining how Sessions does not meet the requirements of the attorney general the country requires — or deserves.
“Sen. Sessions has not demonstrated a commitment to a central requisite of the job to aggressively pursue the congressional mandate of civil rights, equal rights and justice for all of our citizens. In fact at numerous times in his career he has demonstrated hostility towards these convictions The next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Sen. Sessions’ record demonstrates,” Booker said.
“His record indicates that we cannot count on him to support state and national efforts toward bringing justice to a justice system that people on both sides of the aisle readily admit is biased against the poor, drug addicted, mentally ill, and people of color,” Booker added.
He ended his passionate speech by urging people to speak out and stand up with him, clearly stating that he opposed Sessions’ appointment.
Sessions has been heavily criticized for opposing policies that would protect minority groups. In a recent CNN interview he clearly stated that he supports suspending immigration from areas of the world with a history of terrorism to “protect the America people.”
People are now worried that his appointment at the important post of attorney general will cause huge problems for minorities, the LGBT community, Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants, and will lead to a further rise in racism.
Check out the video above to learn more about why Booker opposes Sessions.
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