By Douglas V. Gibbs
The angry Democrats couldn't stop Donald Trump from winning the election, no matter how many times they called him a racist. The media, using fake news, attacked Trump during his press conference, but were unable to make a dent. Now, they're taking aim at his nominations.
The racist accusations, which failed to stop Trump, were rooted from Sessions' time as U.S. attorney in Alabama in the 1980s. The Democrats claim Sessions improperly prosecuted black voting rights activists and made racially insensitive comments. He is accused of joking one time that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was okay until he learned its members smoked marijuana. The Democrats, using the same old tired playbook, used the same attacks in 1986 when they stopped Sessions' nomination for the federal bench as a Reagan nominee.
Mr. Sessions is older and wiser, and much sharper in his responses, nowadays. In response to the Democrats early on he has vehemently denied making racially insensitive statements or holding racist views. He has pledged to uphold the law fairly and equitably.
Some opponents went so far as to use the same ad hominem attack they used against Trump, calling Sessions a “white supremacist.”
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois accused Sessions of being a racist, and not caring, specifically targeting the GOP position regarding immigration. Sessions was brilliant in his response.
Sessions said, “You are wrong, Senator Durbin. I’m gonna follow laws passed by Congress. As a matter of policy, we disagreed on some of those issues. I do believe that if you continually go through a cycle of amnesty, that you undermine the respect for the law and encourage more illegal immigration into America. I believe the American people spoke clearly in this election. I believe they agreed with my basic view — and I think it’s a good view, a decent view, a solid legal view for the United States of America — that we create a lawful system of immigration that allows people to apply to this country. And if they’re accepted, they get in. If they’re not accepted, they don’t get in. And I believe that’s right and just, and the American people are right to ask for it. We have not delivered that for them.”
When asked about how he would handle Hillary Clinton, Sessions replied, “I, like a lot of people, made comments about the issues in that campaign with regard to Secretary Clinton, and some of the comments I made I do believe that that could place my objectivity in question. I’ve given that thought. I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any questions involving those kind of investigations that involve Secretary Clinton and were raised during the campaign or could be otherwise connected to it.”
Brilliant. To recuse himself is to remove himself from the poison darts the Democrats are throwing.
Senator Chuck Grassley continued the attack. He said, “When you say that you will recuse yourself, you mean that you will actually recuse and the decision will therefore, I assume, fall to a deputy attorney general? I ask because after Attorney General Lynch met with President Clinton in Phoenix she said she would, quote/unquote, ‘defer to the FBI,’ but she never officially recused.”
That's right. To try and trap Sessions, Grassley threw Lynch under the bus.
Sessions then went into a mode that slammed the Democrats for their political and ideological games.
He said, “She did not officially recuse, and there is a procedure for that which I would follow. And I believe that would be the best approach for the country because we can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute. That’s not in any that would suggest anything other than absolute objectivity. This country doesn’t punish its political enemies, but this country ensures that no one is above the law.”
That's right, he went into the rule of law, something the left fails to truly understand.
The Democrats believe the rule of law is what judges say, not what the law says. They also change what is right or wrong based on what they believe most helps their narrative. And yes, they punish their political enemies, or at least the Democrats try to. It's pure Marxism. The Democrat Party way is to silence the opposition. And, if they could, they would criminalize their political enemies for daring to simply disagree with them.
Then it was time to double-down on the racism accusation. This dinger came from Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. She said, “I want your response to this, and I want your answer to this question. How do you intend to put behind you what are strongly felt personal views? How will you take off the political hat and be an attorney general who fairly enforces the law and the Constitution for all?”
It's funny how when they think it serves their purposes, Democrats suddenly love the Constitution they normally hate.
Sessions again was brilliant. “I would direct their attention first to the remarks of Senator Specter, who in his entire career, said he made one vote that he would regret, and that was the vote against me. This caricature of me in 1986 was not correct. I have become a United States attorney. I supported, as the civil rights attorney said, major civil rights cases in my district that integrated schools, that prosecuted the Klan, that ended single-member districts that denied African-Americans the right to hold office. The complaints about the voter fraud case and the complaints about the Klan case that I vigorously prosecuted and supported are false.”