MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Several NAACP members, led by their national President, staged a sit-in on Tuesday in the Alabama office of U.S. to protest Sen., Jeff Sessions, to be his nomination, the nation’s next attorney General.
Nearly a dozen members of the civil rights organization, sat in meetings, in the office in Mobile, Alabama — the city of Republican senator calls home. NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said they were supposed to stay there, to speak to you in the Sessions or removed.
The group expresses to record concerns about multiple aspects of meetings, including its persecution of African-American activists, the fraud because of alleged voting when he was a U.S. attorney. Brooks said Sessions, “can’t be trusted, the chief law enforcement officer for the right to vote.”
“We have an attorney General candidate who was not on the reality of voter suppression while articulating faith in the myth of choice,” Brooks said by phone during the sit-in.
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The group also expressed concern about the future of the Voting Rights Act under Sessions and back — grew up in sessions unsuccessful confirmation hearing for a Federal law judge— that the meetings made racist remarks when he was a U.S. attorney.
Sessions said his statements were misinterpreted during the hearing.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for sessions, said in a statement that the candidate has in his career, the respect of the rule of law, ensuring public safety and for the prosecution of corruption in the government.
“Many African-American leaders, who have known him for decades, are proof of this, and have welcomed his nomination to be the next attorney General. These false representations of Senator Sessions is added to fail, as tired, recycled, hyperbolic charges thoroughly criticized and discredited,” the statement said.
The sit-in protest came after the NAACP press, held conferences, outside meetings of various Alabama agencies.
The demonstration marked the latest criticism of the President, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney General. Meetings hearings are expected to be highlighted in the next week, due to a strong push both from those of the nomination and who is against.