Rep. Luis Gutiérrez has always been a harsh critic of President-elect Donald Trump and Trump’s election win has not changed his feelings on Trump or his picks for his administration.
With the recent announcement of Sen. Jeff Sessions being picked as the attorney general nominee, Gutiérrez has let it be known he believes (rightly so) that this is a horrible pick. He released a statement calling Sessions a racist and had some harsh words for the long-time senator.
‘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.’
Ouch. In the issued statement, he remarked on Sessions’ history of racism which has defined his years in the Senate.
‘No Senator has fought harder against the hopes and aspirations of Latinos, immigrants, and people of color than SEn. Sessions. He is a staunch opponent of legal immigration and someone who has blocked every effort to improve, modernize, and humanize our immigration system, which is two or three decades out-of-date.’
Gutiérrez also remarked on the fact that Sessions was deemed TOO racist to be a federal judge saying, “He ran for the Senate because he was deemed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as too racist to serve as a federal judge.” According to The Huffington Post Sessions was accused of calling a black lawyer “boy,” felt white lawyers representing black clients were race traitors, is okay with the Ku Klux Klan except for drug use, and feels civil rights groups are “un-American.”
And that’s what’s up for nomination of a post that will head the US Department of Justice and will be considered the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. We’re basically going to be a small hick town with a racist sheriff on the national scale.
Despite Gutiérrez’s outcry against the nomination, Republicans are all too eager to approve the nomination. Major Whip John Cornyn could not get enough of the idea of Sessions as attorney general and called him a “good and principled man.”
‘I commend the choice of Senator Sessions to lead the Justice Department under the new Republican Administration. A principled AND good man, he will restore honor to a Department that, under President Obama, perpetually pushed a political agenda while neglecting to enforce the law.’
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) November 18, 2016
Because racism is totally honorable.
Gutiérrez warned that the appointment of Sessions to attorney general would damage America and set us back significantly in progress.
‘He is the kind of person who will set back law enforcement, civil rights, the courts, and increase America’s mass incarceration industry and erase 50 years of progress.’
He’s right. For every step we’ve made over decades, we’re now sprinting backwards based on the nominations we are seeing. What’s frightening is just how happy Republicans are over this. A successful economy under Trump won’t matter much if we’ve rebuilt the constraints that once held back black Americans, immigrants, Latinos, and women.
Featured image via Getty Images/Kevin Hagen.