President-elect Donald Trump has picked a handful of racists to serve on his cabinet. Would you like proof of this? Not a problem. For the sake of space and time, though, let's focus on Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama, Jeff Sessions. Trump has chosen him to serve as attorney general.
This is problematic for a number of reasons. In 1986, the Senate rejected his bid for a federal judgeship because he had made racist statements and didn't even deny them. Those statements included calling the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) "un-American" and said that the organization forced "civil rights down the throats of people."
Now, we're getting a sense of how Sessions feels about Latinos, in particular, Dominicans.
In a video resurfaced from 2006, Session addressed the senate during a debate about immigration.
He said that Dominicans only married U.S. citizens to get into the country with all of their children. He also said they have nothing to contribute to the country.
"Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society,” Sessions said in his speech.
Trump picked Sessions because he's completely anti-immigrant, and always has been.
In the video above, he goes off on a tangent about how the Obama Administration basically welcomes and allows undocumented immigrants to remain in the country without any sort of punishment. And that's far from the truth. President Obama deported more undocumented immigrants than any other president.
If we have solid proof that Sessions is racist against Latinos, let's consider what his job in the White House will be.
As Attorney General, Sessions will: "Represent the United States in legal matters."
If Trump once said that Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel couldn't work on his Trump University case because of his Mexican descent, can Sessions unbiasedly serve the U.S. and represent its diverse citizens of he himself is racist against them?
We don't think so.