Posted by: Rainbow411 / GSHRadio on 01/11/2017
Andy Campbell Reporter, The Huffington Post - 01/10/2017 12:42 pm ET | Updated 18 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general pick opposed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, has had to defend racist statements he’s made throughout his career and believes that Roe v. Wade is one of the “worst” Supreme Court decisions “of all time.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was still defending himself on Tuesday as he awaited confirmation of his new position under Trump, telling a Senate Judiciary Committee floor full of protesters, “I abhor the [Ku Klux] Klan and all it represents.” He also doubled down on his Roe v. Wade comments.
But it was one mother’s comments prior to the speech Tuesday that rang through all the noise.
Judy Shepard ― mother of Matthew Shepard, who, in 1998, was tortured, beaten and left to die in a suspected homophobic attack ― wrote in an open letter that Sessions’ nomination is antithetical to the bipartisan effort to stop hate with the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009 in honor of her son.
“Is Senator Sessions fit to serve as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer? The answer is a very simple and very clear, ‘No,’” Shepard wrote.