“Persistent biases cannot be defeated unless we combat them.”
Senate Confirmation Hearings for Donald Trump’s nominees are now well under way. The hearings for Jeff Sessions, who’s been nominated for Attorney General, began earlier this week. But to the disappointment of many of us, the Senate Democrats have been very easy on their fellow Senator.
Many of the Dems have clearly decided that they won’t go against a colleague, regardless of the fact that Sessions is a horrendous pick to hold the office of Attorney General.
I say many of the Dems, but not all. There have been some solid tough questions asked by a few Senate Democrats like Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy. And, on Wednesday afternoon, Cory Booker really did lefties proud.
Senator Booker (D-NJ) testified against Jeff Sessions and told the truth about Sessions’ civil rights record.
“Senator Sessions has not demonstrated a commitment to a central requirement of the job – to aggressively pursue the congressional mandate of civil rights, equal rights, and justice for all. In fact, at numerous times in his career, he has demonstrated a hostility toward these convictions, and has worked to frustrate attempts to advance these ideals.”
“If confirmed, Senator Sessions will be required to pursue justice for women, but his record indicates that he won’t.
He will be expected to defend the equal rights of gay and lesbian Americans, but his record indicates that he won’t.
He will be expected to defend voting rights, but his record indicates that he won’t.
He will be expected to defend the rights of immigrants and affirm their human dignity, but his record indicates he won’t.”
He went on to say,
“The next Attorney General must bring hope and healing to our country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Senator Sessions’ record demonstrates.
Challenges of race in America cannot be addressed if we refuse to confront them.
Persistent biases cannot be defeated unless we combat them.
The arc of the universe does not just naturally curve toward justice – we must bend it.”
We need more of this type of testimony. It’s important that Democrats fight back in any way they can. And what makes Booker’s statements so encouraging is that he’s put the country above a Senatorial fraternity.
“I know that some of my colleagues are unhappy that I’m breaking with Senate tradition to testify against the nomination of one of my colleagues. But I believe, like perhaps all of my colleagues, that in the choice between standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country.”