About 50 men and women demonstrated in front of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office on Main Street in Greenville Monday afternoon to urge a vote against Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General.
A Senate Judiciary Committee vote on President Donald Trump’s nomination for the post as head of the U.S. Department of Justice is expected to proceed this week.
In November Graham voiced support for Sessions’ nomination, and a spokesperson reiterated that stance on Monday.
That didn’t please those who had rallied opposition.
They criticized the stances and voting record of the former federal prosecutor and Alabama attorney general on matters related to civil liberties and immigration, and they said Trump’s recent executive order implementing immigration restrictions heightens a need for a different choice.
“He has a long history of going against civil-rights initiatives,” said Allison Fields, a member of the leadership team of the Upstate Coalition for Equality, which organized Monday’s demonstration. “The immigration ban is just another instance of a government issuing edicts that affect the lives of real people. It’s discrimination, and Jeff Sessions is a part of that.”
“He’s a racist bigot. He shouldn’t be in office,” said demonstrator Randy Carver. “It’s just so sad, so damn sad, that this country has regressed…
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