Trump Retweets Congratulatory Messages On Sessions – Warren And Dems Livid

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Jeff Sessions was just confirmed as America’s new Attorney General, and the country weeps. Except, that’s not the message the President of the United States is sharing Wednesday evening. Instead, the Twitter world is being fed praise from Republicans and senators on the confirmation via the @POTUS account.

For roughly the last four hours, the @POTUS account has been diligently retweeting all of the congratulatory tweets from a variety of right-wingers including Senators Boozman, Corker, Tillis, Roby, Goodlatte, Cochran, Isakson, McConnell, and from Vice President Mike Pence and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

‘The Senate just confirmed @SenatorSessions as our Attorney General. @POTUS made an excellent choice, and our nation will be better for it.’

‘PRESS RELEASE: Sherrifs Applaud Confirmation of @SenatorSessions’

Perhaps most concerning of these is the positive response from the National Sheriffs’ Association who claim their purpose to be “raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs.” Yet, in their formal press release referenced above, they state:

‘Throughout his career, Attorney General Sessions has shown great integrity and a commitment and loyalty to fairness, equal justice and the rule of law.’

Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions has not shown “integrity” or “loyalty to fairness [or] equal justice.” Nonetheless, Republicans were successful in securing the seat for the notoriously racist Senator Sessions. The hearing was a bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats leading to the despicable silencing of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren sought to bring to the attention of the Senate the words of Coretta Scott King who in 1986 attempted to prevent Sessions’ appointment to the judiciary which included the assertion that:

‘Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded…’

Specifically, Ms. King asserted that Sessions had belittled an African-American assistant U.S. attorney by calling him “boy” and touted that the American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) “un-American.”

Warren’s colleagues were able to pick up where she was silenced and read the words of Ms. King but it was not enough to change the outcome. This confirmation is another loss in what feels like a never-ending war against bigotry and oppression, but senators like Warren are not backing down.

Twitter erupted in light of the news, and Warren shared her immense dissatisfaction and disappointment regarding the result, claiming that she and others like her will be the voice for “the millions who are afraid [and] appalled by what is happening in our country.”

She continued:

‘Deeply disappointed that the Senate confirmed an AG [Attorney General]] whose record does not show he will faithfully & fairly enforce the law.’

‘There’s no Rule 19 to silence me from talking about Jeff Sessions anymore. So let me say loudly & clearly: This is just the beginning.’

‘If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into the @JusticeDept, he’ll hear from all of us.’

‘And you better believe every Senator who voted to put Jeff Sessions’s radical hatred into the @JusticeDept will hear from all of us, too.’

‘Consider this MY warning: We won’t be silent. We will speak out. And we WILL persist.’

Worth singling out is the single Democratic Senator who voted ‘yes’ to the appointment of Senator Sessions to the positon of Attorney General: Senator Joe Manchin III. This particular disappointment follows Manchin’s ‘no’ vote for Senator Betsy Devos where he claimed that it was his “job to evaluate a nominee’s qualifications and determine if they can lead that agency.” Somehow, however, he determined that Sessions was fit for this position back in November which he confirmed to Salena Zito of CNN.

It is also noteworthy to confirm that Senator Joe Manchin III will be running for re-election in 2018.

Feature Image via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.