The Democrats have the long knives out for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as his confirmation hearings begin for attorney general. Among the Democrats attacking Sessions is Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who will actually testify against Sessions–a move that is unprecedented.
"I do not take lightly the decision to testify against a Senate colleague," Booker said, per CNN. "But the immense powers of the attorney general combined with the deeply troubling views of this nominee is a call to conscience."
What exactly are these "deeply troubling views" that Sessions holds?
"We've seen Jeff Sessions, that's Senator Jeff Sessions, consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform," Booker said on MSNBC. "He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country."
Here are five reasons why Booker's attacks on Sessions are hypocritical nonsense.
1. Booker once sponsored a bill with Sessions giving Selma Marchers the Congressional Gold Medal. This happened in 2015 and Booker can be seen talking about how he was "blessed and honored" to work with Sessions on it:
This begs the question: what changed between now and then that caused Booker to view Sessions as a dangerous attorney general nominee? Sessions's views haven't changed since then.
2. Two prominent black Republicans have expressed their support for Sessions. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is one of them, as she described Sessions in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as "a man who is committed to justice and knows that law and order are necessary to guarantee freedom and liberty," citing Sessions's efforts in passing the aforementioned bill to honor the Selma Marchers and to ameliorate racial wounds in Alabama.
"I know that Sen. Sessions will uphold the laws of our great country and will work to ensure that every person here in the United States is given the voice that is deserved," Rice wrote.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who is the only black member of the Senate outside of Booker, said in a statement: "We may not agree on everything, but you would be hard pressed to find a nominee for any post that any Senator is in 100 percent agreement with. I have gotten to know Jeff over my four years in the Senate, and have found him to be a consistently fair person. I will continue working for what I believe is in the best interest of my state and my nation, such as criminal justice reform and stopping illegal immigration."
Race shouldn't matter, but since it does to the race-obsessed left and they're leveling smears of racism against Sessions, it is important to note that Sessions is supported by two prominent black Republicans.
3. Sessions was a key figure in obtaining the death penalty for a member of the Ku Klux Klan that murdered a black man. Mark Hemingway details in The Weekly Standard how Sessions helped obtain a federal grand jury to hear the case, which was crucial because a federal grand jury could keep the focus on the case for an indefinite period of time while a state grand jury only convenes once. As a result, they were able to continue bringing the suspects back until they cracked–and eventually they did.
When Sessions was elected as state attorney general, he "handled Henry Hays's death penalty appeal, ensuring the death sentence was carried out." Hays was the KKK member that lynched a young black man named Michael Donald.
Everything about this case is a reflection of Sessions's commitment to the rule of law and that he's clearly not a racist. But that doesn't matter to leftists like Booker.
4. There is nothing radical or dangerous about Sessions's viewpoints on issues. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) blasted Booker in a Facebook post for planning to testify against Sessions.
"Senator Booker says he feels compelled to speak out because Senator Session wants to keep criminals behind bars, drugs off our streets, and amnesty from becoming law," Cotton wrote. "He's welcome to oppose these common-sense policies and vote against Senator Sessions’s nomination, but what is so unique about those views to require his extraordinary testimony? Nothing."
Indeed, Sessions's viewpoints are typical among law-and-order conservatives and actually involve following the law, something that was constantly missing from President Barack Obama's politicized Department of Justice.
The real reason then for Booker's self-aggrandizement is...
What changed between now and then that caused Booker to view Sessions as a dangerous attorney general nominee?
5. Booker is positioning himself for a 2020 presidential run. "This hearing simply offers a platform for his presidential aspirations," Cotton wrote in his post. "Senator Booker is better than that, and he knows better."
Numerous other people on Twitter agreed:
I'm not a fan of Sessions as AG, but even Democrats and progressives see through the obvious irrelevance & self-promotional BS of this move. https://t.co/IPyyoQT6k7— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) January 10, 2017
What's Booker's testimony going to be? Unless it's "Jeff Sessions was personally racist to me," then it's merely "I disagree w/his politics"— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) January 10, 2017
It does appear that Booker is willing to smear his colleague whom he once said was "honored" to work with on civil rights legislation to simply puff himself up for a 2020 presidential run. Leftist Democrats truly put politics above everything else.
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