Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama was one of the first congressmen to endorse Donald Trump while he was still campaigning for president. After Trump won the general election, he nominated Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the United States. While many Republicans have respect and admiration for Sessions, a lot of people on the left believe that Sessions is a racist and should not be made the next attorney general.
On Tuesday, the confirmation hearings for the nominees of the Trump administration began. Sessions was the first Trump administration nominee to speak at the hearing. This gave him the chance to defend himself against all the accusations that he’s a racist. In a nutshell, Sessions denied that he’s a racist and said that his character has been stereotyped by the media and others on the left.
Aside from the racist accusations, Sessions had to defend himself against comments he made about Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail with Trump. He also defended his views and position on the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling, which was a ruling that prohibited states from restricting women’s rights to have an abortion. The topic of waterboarding was even brought up and Sessions said that he believes the congressional ban on waterboarding was a good one.
Sessions was later questioned about the specifics of certain accusations made toward Donald Trump. In one instance, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy asked Sessions if he thought grabbing the genitals of a woman without consent was a form of sexual assault. Sessions answered, “Yes.” This question was related to the controversial Access Hollywood video recording where you can hear Donald Trump saying that he likes to grab women by the p***y.
Sessions only needs 51 votes to be confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. Since there are a majority of Republicans in the Senate, it is likely that Sessions will get approved in the coming days.