Nine years ago this month the US Senate no. 2 Repub, Trent Lott, offers up his resignation….26Nov07 to be exact……
This took the country by surprise…..
Lott, 66, said he had notified President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Sunday about his plans. Barbour, a Republican, will name someone to temporarily replace Lott.
This was not unexpected……you see a couple years prior he had made some inappropriate comments……
The smooth-spoken Lott found himself in hot water in December 2002 after Thurmond’s party. Lott said Mississippi voters were proud to have supported Thurmond when he ran for president on a segregationist platform in 1948, and added: “If the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either.”
A few days later, Lott issued a statement saying he had made “a poor choice of words” that “conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by my statement.”
But the damage was done. President Bush distanced himself from Lott’s remarks, telling an audience the comments “do not reflect the spirit of our country.”
Sad to see a good man good down right? Not to worry he became a super high paid lobbyists……
I stroll down this nostalgic path because of the choice Trump has made for his AG….Sen. Jeff Sessions……
Donald Trump has made two more key picks for his administration: He’s chosen GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general and Republican congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to lead the CIA, reports Politico. Both will require Senate confirmation, and the AP notes that Sessions could run into trouble because he has been by dogged by accusations of racism over the years. More coverage on that and more:
- When the 69-year-old Sessions was up for a federal judgeship in 1986, four different lawyers testified that he made racist comments. One black prosecutor accused Sessions of calling him “boy” and of joking that he thought the KKK was fine “until I found out they smoked pot.” Sessions, who also allegedly called the NAACP “un-American,” didn’t get the post. See CNN.
- In a “10 things to know” post about Sessions, the Washington Post notes that he was in 2014 called “amnesty’s worst enemy” by the National Review for his hardline positions on immigration. See the full list here.
- A take from Politico: Sessions “is well-regarded by his Republican colleagues, although his breed of hardline conservatism falls outside the GOP mainstream. He is opposed to creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and a vocal critic of marijuana legalization, though he worked with the Obama administration and Democrats on legislation supported by civil rights groups that reduced the sentencing disparity for cocaine possession.”
Sessions is more than qualified by his experience to be AG…..but I ask will his racist rants hold the same weight as they did when Lott made them?
My guess is…they WILL NOT! His disqualification before was 30 years ago and the country has become more tolerant of racist thought in those years.