Senator Sessions, the face of the glorious Republican Party.
To start, his real name is: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
- One part Jefferson [Davis, president of the Confederacy?]
- One Part Antebellum South (Beauregard....Beauregard? Seriously?)
- One part comic paterfamilias idiocy: His father was proud enough of that name to deign him the third?
Sessions didn't name himself, but the irony of a Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III calling out anyone else on their lineage is laughable.
Born in Selma. Selma? He graduated college in 1969 and he wasn't fighting for black voting rights -- it appears he was working against them.
Sessions called the ACLU and the NAACP "communist-inspired."
He jokingly (well, he later claimed it was a joke) said that the Ku Klux Klan was not so bad until he found out that some of them smoked marijuana.
He was denied a Federal Judgeship because of his racist comments. Even a Senator from his own state (Howell Heflin) voted against him.
More via Steve Benen:
A former career Justice Department official who worked with Sessions recalled an instance when he referred to a white attorney as a "disgrace to his race" for litigating voting rights cases on behalf of African Americans. Sessions later acknowledged having made many of the controversial remarks attributed to him, but claimed to have been joking.The once and future Republican Party.
What's more, Thomas Figures, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama and an African American, later explained that during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he "used to think they [the Klan] were OK" until he found out some of them were "pot smokers." Sessions once again acknowledged making the remark, but once again claimed to have been kidding. Figures also remembered having heard Sessions call him "boy," and once warn him to "be careful what you say to white folks."
Finally, it's too easy to make fun of people for their voice and accent. But if the Republican party wants to make Foghorn Leghorn-esque speech patterns the voice of their party, then keep Jeff Sessions in the forefront. May you lose many more national elections. [Run, Haley, Run!]