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Sessions: KKK “okay” until he learned some were “pot smokers”


It’s unquestionable that a good deal of marijuana legalization supporters voted for Donald Trump.  How many, we can’t be sure, but support for legalization has eclipsed the vote turnout for Trump. In Florida, for example, medical marijuana received 71% of the vote while Trump got 49%.

That brings us to the nominee for Attorney General, Alabama Senator Senator Jeff Sessions.  On top of the virulently racist and outrageous things he has done and said, a Post article from his 1986 Senate confirmation hearings — in which he was turned down for a federal judgeship for being, well, himself — Sessions had this to say about the KKK and pot smokers:

In another controversial remark about Ku Klux Klan members, Sessions said, “I used to think they’re okay,” until learning that some were “pot smokers,” according to the sworn statements by the civil rights attorneys, who had worked with Sessions.”

So the man who was chosen to lead the Justice Department — and could make the decisions on whether or not to prosecute civil rights violations — thinks it’s okay if you’re racist as long as you don’t smoke pot.

Weed smoking voters who were willing to overlook or ignore the racism of the Trump campaign might finally take notice to this, because this time it’s about them and not “other” people. But is there anything they can do?  Will they join with the civil rights community and rise up to stop Jeff Sessions?

  • Mark Warner’s statement on Pompeo:

    I congratulate Congressman Pompeo on his nomination. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Pompeo has a firsthand appreciation for Congress’ responsibility to provide vigilant oversight of our nation’s intelligence activities, and I look forward to learning more about his views on national security and intelligence policy and his vision for the CIA.

    As incoming Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I will fulfill the Committee’s primary obligation: to conduct vigorous, and bipartisan, oversight of the nation’s intelligence agencies, and to ensure that their work is effective, efficient, and legal, and adheres to America’s principles and international obligations.

  • ACLU on Sessions, Pompeo:

    Sen. Sessions has called the ACLU un-American and communist, assertions we flatly reject. His positions on LGBT rights, capital punishment, abortion rights, and presidential authority in times of war have been contested by the ACLU and other civil rights organizations. As the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, the attorney general is charged with protecting the rights of all Americans. In his confirmation hearings, senators, the media, and the American public should closely examine his stances on these key issues to ensure we can have confidence in his ability to uphold the Constitution and our laws on behalf of all Americans.

    Congressman Pompeo’s positions on bulk surveillance and Guantanamo Bay also raise serious civil liberties concerns about privacy and due process. These positions and others merit serious public scrutiny through a confirmation process. His positions on mass surveillance have been rejected by federal courts and have been the subject of several lawsuits filed by the ACLU, including ACLU v. Clapper.

  • Stuart James

    Of course the ACLU flatly rejects assertions of any un-American activities – the ACLU flatly rejects any criticism of itself, or any assertion that they are not the anointed guardian angels of America, as they wish to portray themselves to be; ACLU has done more harm to the American way of life, and our core values and beliefs, than the Russians ever could.
    As for Jeff Sessions and the KKK/pot smokers quote, he said that in 1986 – thirty (30) years ago. I put it to you: If YOU haven’t changed your opinions on some issues in 30 years, check your pulse – you’re likely dead.

    • “ACLU has done more harm to the American way of life, and our core values and beliefs, than the Russians ever could.”

      Hahahahahaha. That’s a good one, even by right-wing trolling standards.

      • Stuart James

        Dang…Since I’ve obviously so amused you, I can see I’m going to have to re-think my stance on ACLU, at least in part; I’ve always seen the organization as totally humorless, not only in their single-minded dedication to the destruction of any conservative ideology in America, but also in the members with which I’ve had any contact. Keep on laughing – I’m sure it’ll raise more eyebrows than just mine.

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