Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is perhaps one of the most deplorable and openly racist and homophobic people that could have been picked for the job. Today he goes before the Senate for confirmation hearings.
The mother of Matthew Sheppard, Judy, isn’t happy with the pick of Sessions who famously opposed the hate crime bill named for her late son. CNN reports that Sheppard wrote that while Republicans and Democrats both tried to push the bill along, Sessions was not one of those people.
“In fact, Senator Sessions strongly opposed the hate crimes bill — characterizing hate crimes as mere ‘thought crimes.’ Unfortunately, Senator Sessions believes that hate crimes are, what he describes as, mere ‘thought crimes,'” she wrote.
“My son was not killed by ‘thoughts’ or because his murderers said hateful things. My son was brutally beaten … with the butt of a .357 magnum pistol, tied him to a fence, and left him to die in freezing temperatures because he was gay. Senator Sessions’ repeated efforts to diminish the life-changing acts of violence covered by the Hate Crimes Prevention Act horrified me then, as a parent who knows the true cost of hate, and it terrifies me today to see that this same person is now being nominated as the country’s highest authority to represent justice and equal protection under the law for all Americans.
… [Sessions] has forfeited opportunity after opportunity to stand up for people like my son Matt and has, instead, used his position of power to target them for increased discrimination and marginalization, thus encouraging violence and other acts deemed to be hate crimes.”
According to Towleroad, Sessions was previously denied a federal judgeship as US Attorney in 1986 because the Senate Judiciary Committee caught wind of racist remarks made by Sessions, and he was labeled as “un-American” by both the NAACP and the ACLU.
Sessions’ career is littered with homophobic actions, starting with his opposition against marriage equality, support of the First Amendment Defense Act and his fight to keep the Southeastern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual College Conference from meeting at the University of Alabama (which he was unsuccessful in doing).