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WATCH: @SenWarren is on the Senate floor right now talking about Jeff Sessions's disastrous first year as Attorney General:
.@SenWarren: "Last year, every single Republican voted to confirm Jeff Sessions—a man deemed too racist to hold a federal court judgeship in 1986—to lead the agency charged with defending justice for all Americans."
.@SenWarren: In 1986, Corretta Scott King warned us that Jeff Sessions had used the awesome power of his office as an Alabama prosecutor to chill the free exercise of the vote by African Americans. As Attorney General, he’s continued that crusade.
.@SenWarren: Jeff Sessions targeting not only African Americans, but Latinos, the elderly, veterans, and other marginalized groups.
.@SenWarren: In her letter, Coretta Scott King warned that Jeff Sessions would undermine equality under the law.
.@SenWarren: And sure enough, when Jeff Sessions took over at the Justice Department, he immediately got to work reversing the agency’s prior efforts to defend laws and policies that protect Americans from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
.@SenWarren: When Pres Trump used Twitter to announce that he was banning transgender individuals from serving in the military, the Justice Department filed a legal brief reflecting Sessions’ view that our great civil rights laws don’t protect LGBT Americans from discrimination.
.@SenWarren: In 1986, Mrs. King wrote “I do not believe Jeff Sessions possesses the requisite judgment, competence, and sensitivity to the rights guaranteed by the federal civil rights laws to qualify for appointment to the federal district court.”
.@SenWarren: One year in, it’s clear that Jeff Sessions has not acquired those skills in the 32 years since Mrs. King issued that prescient warning.
.@SenWarren: On Jeff Sessions’ watch, the Justice Department has promoted voter suppression, endorsed discrimination, reversed efforts to reform our broken criminal justice system, and led an all-out, bigotry-fueled attack on immigrants and refugees.
Thank you @SenWarren for reminding this nation of Mrs. King’s important words. Jeff Sessions is not fit for this office and @LambdaLegal will continue to fight his bigotry an intolerance. #ShePersisted
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