WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Demonstrators opposed to the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General began heckling him before the start of his confirmation hearings Tuesday and continued their verbal attacks after the proceedings began.
Sessions’ nomination by President-elect Donald Trump has angered liberal groups because of the former Alabama Attorney General’s pro-life, pro-family, and pro-marriage public stances.
The confirmation had yet to get underway when the LGBTQ advocacy group, Code Pink, began shouting in the hearing room.
As Sessions was taking his place and greeting his Senate peers, two men dressed in white robes with Ku Klux Klan hoods stood up and shouted against the nominee until police escorted them away. Sessions simply continued to greet his peers, shaking hands and smiling, looking relaxed and comfortable.
As soon as the Senator started to speak, a Code Pink protester began shouting over him relentlessly until finally taken out by security. Sessions remained calm and collected.
Seconds later, another demonstrator began his tirade against the senator and was escorted out.
It became immediately clear that Sessions fully expected the verbal attacks by protesters. Perhaps it wasn't a surprise for anyone in the hearing room, as the New York Post predicted the left and the mainstream media were “tarring the Alabama Senator as a racist.” As Fox News put it, “On Capitol Hill, Sessions faces a racially-motivated, political lynch mob.”
Twenty seconds into Sessions' introductory remarks consisting mostly of thank yous, two middle-aged men in the back of the room began a 44-second interruption with shouts of “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” while also yelling out a website address.
Rather than escort the hecklers out the back doors a few feet away, police escorted them the long way, walking down the right aisle of the room, giving the hecklers more time to continue shouting.
Ninety seconds into Sessions' introductory remarks, a Hispanic woman began a rant that lasted more than 30 seconds. She was also taken out the long way, with TV cameras positioned to focus on hecklers in the back of the room.
The coordinated attack on Sessions is not just limited to laypeople. In an unprecedented move, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is scheduled to speak against “the deeply troubled views of this nominee.” It is the first time in U.S. history that a sitting senator will testify against another sitting senator in a confirmation hearing.
The Congressional Black Caucus has said Sessions “makes disparaging remarks against people of color” and has a “long legacy of insensitive, racially-charged comments.”
In the past two weeks, liberal groups and activists who support abortion or LGBTQ lifestyles or recreational marijuana have mounted a “smear” campaign against Sessions, seeking to put such public pressure on senators to deny or at least delay the nomination.