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Jeff Sessions Unfit for Attorney General

The AAUP urges the Senate not to confirm Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General.

There is much in Sessions’s background to make it clear that he is unfit for the job. An attorney general must defend the civil rights of all Americans. That he is not prepared to do this is evidenced by Sessions’s misguided prosecution of three civil rights activists for voter fraud in Alabama in 1985, his promotion of the myth that voter-impersonation fraud is widespread, and his legislative efforts to restrict women’s and LGBTQ rights.

His voting record in the US Senate demonstrates his disregard for many of the laws and programs he would be responsible for enforcing as attorney general. Also troubling are Sessions’s support for building a wall along the US-Mexico border and his rejection of climate change science.

One of the bedrock principles of the American system is the separation of church and state. And Sessions has routinely dismissed this concept. He has argued that the government should be able to block immigrants because of their religion. And he has said that “secularists,” apparently those who don’t accept Sessions’s own brand of conservative Christianity, are unfit for government service. There is no room in America for these kinds of religious tests.

The American people need an attorney general who will uphold the nation’s laws and defend the Constitution, not a conservative activist bent on imposing his own peculiar world view.


Publication Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017