The Trump cabinet choices are overall horrific, but the most that might be expected is to stop maybe one or two of the nominees.
It is so hard to judge which are the worst of all of them, but clearly, after reflection, the record of Senator Jeff Sessions disqualifies him for the position of Attorney General.
This is a man who has displayed racism, misogyny, nativism, and homophobia, and was opposed to extension of the Voting Rights Act, and he was already rejected for a federal judgeship in 1986 by a Senate with a majority of his own Republican Party.
In an age when civil rights and civil liberties are in danger from Donald Trump and his mentality, to put Jeff Sessions into the Justice Department would set back the Bill of Rights tremendously, as Sessions is no different than if one were to select former Alabama Governor George Wallace, or former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, or former South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond to be Attorney General.
These were the worst of all Southern politicians who undermined civil rights, and there is no evidence that Jeff Sessions is any different in 2017.
All that is needed is for a few Republican Senators to show courage, and vote against their own colleague, replicating the Republican Senate of 1986, as then Arlen Specter and Charles Mathias blocked Sessions from a federal district court judgeship, a very rare occurrence.
Pressure must be brought on Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona to show the same kind of courage now, within the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Otherwise, it is essential that such Senators as Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska, John McCain of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Dean Heller of Nevada be appealed to, to reject Sessions.
Session is worse than all those racist Republicans from the past. Worse than Wallace, Helms, Thurmond and Byrd put together!
Wow, Depressed Democrat, what an assertion!
I did not include Robert Byrd of West Virginia in that group, because he repented, and had a major transformation as the years went by, not so with Wallace, Helms, or Thurmond.
These racist totalitarian Republicans eliminated the filibuster rule in the Senate so it will be near to impossible to stop them, stop Session and the rest of Trump’s KKK appointments! What next? The return of the Republican Jim Crow laws in the South??
Re: The filibuster
Democrats changed the rules regarding the filibuster in 2013 out of frustration at the Republicans.
Pragmatic: I just cannot believe we Democrats would do such an un-democratic thing! Are you sure? Well if that is the case, then we should change the filibuster rules! Only when Democrats are in the minority can it be used, not so with racist Republicans! I don’t understand why that isn’t done!??? I mean everyone knows Republicans are racists nazis!
I share your sentiments, but, unfortunately, we cannot limit such things to progressives and Democrats only.
Also, here’s a listing of where some prominent Republicans stood in regards to Trump. As you can see, not all supported him.
It was the same way with Republican voters amongst our circle of family and friends. Not all supported Trump.