By J.D. Gordon
Now that President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, the political far left is waking up the ghosts of decades-old hearsay for a 21st Century smear campaign. Yet even a cursory review proves it rings hollow.
Progressives blocked his nomination to become a federal judge in 1986. They say he allegedly made a racially insensitive joke about the KKK and marijuana, while sharply criticizing the NAACP.
Regrettably, all it took was gossip from a couple lawyers before the Senate Judiciary Committee to sink the 39-year old U.S. attorney. Yet the people of Alabama viewed it for what it was — a politically motivated kneecapping of a conservative.
They pushed back by electing Sessions as Alabama’s attorney general. And then to the U.S. Senate, where he’s served for close to 20 years. Ironically, Sessions joined the very same Senate Judiciary Committee just a decade after it denied him a federal judgeship.
The great majority of Alabama voters have always known allegations of racism against Sessions are about as credible as Bigfoot sightings and aliens at Roswell.
After personally working closely with the senator on the Trump campaign for six months this year, where we served as chairman and director of the National Security Advisory Committee, respectively, I know it too.
Bottom line, he’s one of the most honorable, kind and morally correct people I’ve ever met.
And if you don’t take my word for it, according to a feature last week in The Washington Post, “10 Things to Know About Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General” even those in the political opposition sing his praises for kindness and collegiality.
Yet the proof isn’t just how he treats everybody with the utmost courtesy, dignity and respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, class, etc., it’s also his public track record. He keeps an open mind and acts based on the rule of law.
Notably, he voted to confirm Eric Holder as the attorney general in 2009. Though about half of his Republican Senate colleagues voted against Holder’s confirmation, Sessions took the high road, and agreed to give Holder a chance.
While serving as a U.S. attorney, Sessions prosecuted Henry Francis Hays, the son of Alabama’s Klan leader, Benny Hays. It was a famous death penalty case, charging Hays with the kidnap and murder of a black teenager selected at random.
Later, as the State attorney general, Sessions followed through and Hays was executed. According to Mark Hemingway in the Weekly Standard, the related $7 million judgement led to “breaking the back of the KKK in Alabama.”
Third, while a U.S. attorney, he played a role in desegregating schools in Alabama by filing cases which forced open doors held tightly by reluctant hands.
So how could and would a racist achieve all these things? Simple, they couldn’t and wouldn’t.
But the far-left still won’t likely be satisfied.
They’ll harp on his criticism of the NAACP as “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”
Well, let’s check the record:
The co-founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. DuBois, officially joined the Communist Party in 1961. The New York Times even says so. And according to historian Robin Kelley, author of “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression,” while interviewed on NPR in 2010, he noted the communists wanted blacks, “to have the right to create their own nation in the south.”
If that’s not “un-American” or “communist-inspired,” what is?
Yet this shouldn’t be surprising.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, I served as the VP of Communications and Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to former Corporate CEO Herman Cain.
I’m still inspired by Mr. Cain and modern day civil rights leaders like Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Niger Innis, son of Roy Innis. I’ll never forget how as black conservatives, they were so harshly condemned by countless self-described “tolerant” liberals. Dr. Ben Carson experienced similar treatment this election cycle.
And where was the NAACP to advance their rights? Huddled with other George Soros-funded far left groups which target conservatives and want to fundamentally transform America, that’s where. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund boasts of a $1 million gift from Soros right on their website.
It is now that same coalition of so-called social justice warriors lining up against Senator Sessions — once again.
Americans ought to see right through it. The smear campaign is completely without merit.
Gordon is a former Pentagon spokesman who served from 2005-2009 and is a retired Navy Commander. He has also served as a Senior National Security & Foreign Policy Advisor to Republican Presidential Candidates Donald Trump, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Herman Cain.