Trump has been under intense scrutiny as he has proposed appointments to the U.S. government, including anti-Semite, white nationalist Steve Bannon as his chief advisor, anti-gay Supreme Court nominee William H. Pryor Jr., and many others.
Trump has officially given the post of attorney general to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is infamous for his anti-immigration stance. Trump's appointment of Sessions is being seriously challenged by people across the nation.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez said of Sessions, "If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible, and women stayed in the kitchen, Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is your man." Indeed, Sessions' terrible record is not limited to anti-immigrant sentiment but includes racism, homophobia, and sexism.
In 1986, Ronald Reagan nominated Sessions to be a federal district court judge. However, his appointment was challenged by fellow attorneys, some even friends of his, who couldn't look past his comments on race. "He made remarks that were deeply concerning,” said one.
Sessions called black attorney Thomas Figures, "boy," during the time he worked for Sessions. Sessions also reportedly used the N-word at work and said the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan was "okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana." Conversely, Sessions has called Civil Rights groups like the NAACP "un-American."
Sessions is, of course, an anti-immigration hard-liner. In 2013, he offered 15 amendments to a bipartisan Senate immigration bill to prevent it from being signed into law. It’s not surprising, therefore, that he is a staunch supporter of Trump’s “wall” with Mexico.
During a February 2016 interview with alt-right mouthpiece Breitbart, Sessions said a border wall is “an essential part” of sorting out problems at the Mexican border.
Sessions has even shown himself to be anti-veteran. In 2014, Senate passed a bill aimed at fixing veteran healthcare delays. However, only three senators voted against it and Sessions was one of them. He reportedly raised objections to the cost the bill would entail.
Sessions, who is one of the most conservative members of the Senate, also opposes gay marriage and supports the most stringent anti-choice measures against abortion, including barring minors from crossing state lines to get an abortion which is the only solution Trump plans to leave for American women. In April, the Alabama senator made national headlines when he stated “good people don’t smoke marijuana."
As Americans protest and challenge Trump's racist, extremist appointments, it is still baffling to comprehend that our new president believes a person who was once deemed too racist for federal judgeship could head the United States’ Department of Justice.