Trump Exhibits Poor Discretion in Nominating Sessions

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Jeff Sessions

(New York, NY — November 18, 2016) – The Republican Right – and the ALT-RIGHT – continued to exult as the Trump Transition Team of Terror (TTTT) extended its march to nominating a “dream team” of staff and officials eager to do their bidding.

The rest of America – and the sane world – can only look on in horror.

Donald Trump (R-NY) today announced the selection of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as attorney general. The choice hands over the job of the country’s top law enforcement officer and lawyer to a known racist.

In 1986, Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Figures, an African-American, claimed that Sessions had referred to him as “boy” and advised him to “be careful what you say to white folks.” Even more damning, it came to light that he thought the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was “OK until I found out they smoked pot” – though he later claimed this to be a joke.

Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

Ku Klux Klan

“Joke or not, how can you have someone who thinks the KKK is ‘OK’ as the country’s top law enforcement officer?” asked a lawyer, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It’s about as appropriate as [former president and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds] Marge Schott’s Hitler reference. Which is to say not appropriate at all.”

On November 29, 1992, Schott said of Hitler:

Everything you read, when he came in [to power] he was good … they built tremendous highways and got all the factories going … everybody knows he was good at the beginning but he just went too far.”

“But we should expect no less,” continued the lawyer, speaking on condition of anonymity. “With the KKK at his back, Squirrelhead Donald’s choice of a racist makes sense – in the alternate universe he’s living in.”

Stephen Bannon

Stephen Bannon

Sessions joins anti-Semite Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor Stephen Bannon and Islamophobe Frank Gaffney in that alternate universe.

In addition to dealing with a racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and Islamophobic cabinet, as attorney general Sessions will have to figure out how to deal with the anti-Trump protests which continue to roil the country. He’ll also have to deal with the uptick in racist attacks, ranging from a West Virginia mayor calling First Lady Michelle Obama “a [sic] Ape in heels” to the appearance of anti-Semitic graffiti in Philadelphia.

The Sessions selection was also an unprecedented snub of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), who after dropping out of the presidential race on February 10, 2016, hitched himself to the Squirrelhead Donald bandwagon, essentially becoming the (alleged) billionaire’s lap-dog.

Chris Christie (R-NJ)

Chris Christie

“Christie Creme was passed over for the VP slot [for Mike Pence (R-IN)],” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “That in itself was a monumental snub. After the choice of Pence, it was generally accepted that Christie Creme would be selected for the attorney general position. I hope he didn’t bet any food on that assumption; now he might starve.

“I can’t think of an example of a recent example of blacklisting as severe as this one. Someone might want to put Christie Creme on suicide watch. I mean, I almost feel sorry for the guy. But just almost.”