disrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general
on Tuesday, including two men wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes and a woman
wearing a pink crown.
conservative Alabama senator, who is Donald Trump’s pick for the
nation’s top law enforcement official, faces concerns over how committed
he would be to civil rights.
disruptions occurred during the morning session of his hearing. As
Capitol Police took the men wearing white hoods and sheets out of the
Senate hearing room, they yelled, “you can’t arrest me, I am white!” and
“white people own this government!” They held up hand signs saying, “Go
Jeffie Boy!” and “KKK.”
removed was at least one protester from the liberal group Code Pink,
who held a sign that said, “Support civil rights, stop Sessions.”
Wearing a pink crown modeled on the Statue of Liberty, she shouted, “his
voting record is evil.”
liberties advocates have expressed concerns about Sessions’ voting
record and his appearances before groups that espouse harsh views on
Muslims and immigrants. The Alabama Republican was rejected for a
federal judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee 30 years ago amid
accusations of racial insensitivity.
to address those concerns, Sessions said in a prepared opening
statement that he “understands the history of civil rights and the
horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the
denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and
(Photos: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters, Alex Brandon/AP, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images )
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