Dean Nelson, a passionate pro-lifer (who’s contributed to BCN) and chairman of the Board for the Frederick Douglass Foundation, was one of the black pastors who spoke in defense of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Attorney General.
“Americans are living in a toxic climate where the serious charge of racism is carelessly leveled against anyone with whom the left disagrees,” he said on Monday in the nation’s capital. “We are here today to make it perfectly clear that these accusations against Senator Jeff Sessions is baseless.”
Nelson and others gathered at a press conference hosted by the Family Research Council and the Frederick Douglass Foundation.
Bishop Harry Jackson, also a BCN contributor, was among the black pastors who spoke in the senator’s defense.
“There is an attempt by some to demonize people and call them racist when there is actually no proof for it,” he said. “Let me say clearly, Sen. Sessions is not a racist.”
Jackson also said that the senator “helped de-segregate schools in Alabaman — a huge issue. “Also, he got the death penalty for a KKK murderer. I think that would qualify you as someone who is eliminating racism, not one who is perpetrating racism.”
Rev. Troy Towns noted that 14 years ago, the senator worked with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was a Democrat, to pass the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Sen. Sessions faced those accusations today at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. From the Wall Street Journal:
As he was beginning his opening statement, Mr. Sessions was interrupted by multiple protests, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced the nominee in starkly different terms. Republicans, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the committee, said Mr. Sessions deserved swift conformation, while Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said votes from Mr. Sessions on issues such as immigration and hate crimes “are deeply concerning.”
The selection of Mr. Sessions, who has spent the past 20 years in the Senate, could elevate one of the chamber’s most conservative members and one of its loudest critics of illegal immigration. Mr. Sessions, 70 years old, was also the first senator to support Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
Sen. Sessions likely will be confirmed as the nation’s next top cop.