Call your U.S. Senators, TODAYThat great friend of the LGBT community, Donald J. Trump, has nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III to be the next Attorney General of the United States. That is not a good sign although it is about what I expected. I also expect that it will be impossible to confirm the anti-LGBT and racist Sessions. But let us not take any chances. Tell your senators that you expect them to vote “no” on Sessions' confirmation.
30 years ago the Senate Judiciary Committee, on a bipartisan basis, rejected Sessions' nomination to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan. Among the many things that came out was that Sessions referred to a white civil rights attorney as “a disgrace to his race.” Also, as a U.S. Attorney, Sessions tried to prosecute three civil rights workers for trying to register Black voters. Sessions concocted an election fraud complaint. The effort was unsuccessful.
Then there is that story of the Black attorney, Thomas Figures, at the US Attorney's office. Sessions routinely called him “boy.” When Figures criticized a white secretary, Sessions warned him that he needed to “be careful what you say to white folks.”
With respect to our community, Sessions vocally supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and was vociferously opposed to the repeal of Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell. Sessions voted against the Matthew Shepard Act. When asked about a gay justice of the Supreme Court, Sessions told Morning Joe “I do not think that a person who acknowledges that they have gay tendencies is disqualified, per se, for the job.” The next day on Fox, Sessions said “that would be a big concern that the American people might feel—might feel uneasy about that.”
Bottom line: Sessions is an old fashioned, Deep South, socially ultra-conservative fuckwit. Donald Trump has no shame. Were he confirmed Sessions would turn the clock back at the AG's office by about 40 years.
According to a statement from the transition team:
The President-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition.That is some phenomenal record ⸻ for a white supremacist who probably has a perforated white sheet folded up in his closet. Disgraceful.