Jeff Sessions Assures Senators His Heart Was Pure, Unbigoted, as He Carried Out Racist Actions

In the first of his two-day confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, attorney-general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) yesterday rebutted a suggestion that at one point in the 1980s he acted in a way that suggested he is racist. Sessions denied equally strongly that his racist actions later in the 1980s, the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s in any way reflected actual racism.

Pressed to outline how he will enforce the Voting Rights Act, Sessions testified that he will sit on the sidelines with love for all humanity in his heart as he declines to enforce a law he actually fucking called “intrusive” because it prevents states from denying people of color their most fundamental constitutional right.

Sessions argued that the Voting Rights Act is intrusive because it singles out specific states for different treatment and you should never discriminate against one group like that because that would be wrong. Sessions insisted he is not biased against every intrusive law, and that he supports the government intrusiving in women’s uteruses and in the backyard gardens of Stranger Things fans.

In some instances, the senator’s positions aligned with his loving, compassionate heart, such as his belief that banning Muslims is wrong or at least not-getawayable-with.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other black lawmakers will testify at the final day of hearings today after requesting permission to address the committee. Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said the black members of Congress would, of course, be allowed to speak, as long as they took their seats at the back end of the hearing.

more: Slate