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NAACP occupies Jeff Sessions' office to protest AG nomination


Members of the NAACP outside Sessions' office.

Members of the NAACP outside Sessions' office.

(@CornellWBrooks via Twitter)


Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 1:51 PM

Members of the NAACP started occupying the office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions Tuesday and called for him to turn down his controversial nomination to become the next U.S. Attorney General.

“The @NAACP & @AlabamaNAACP are occupying the Mobile office of @jeffsessions--until he withdraws as a AG nominee or we're arrested,” NAACP President Cornell William Brooks tweeted at 12:44 p.m., with a photo showing several members sitting outside the door.

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sessions, 70, to be his Attorney General — a move that drew immediate rebukes for Sessions' history of opposing civil rights causes.

Sessions lost a nomination from President Ronald Reagan to become a federal judge after accusations that he had made racist remarks. Former colleagues said he called civil rights groups, including the NAACP, “un-American” and “communist inspired,” but said he was “okay” with the Ku Klux Klan until he learned that some members smoked marijuana.


Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Since then, he has earned a reputation as one of the staunchest conservatives in the Senate, and he has opposed Obamacare, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and all three of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees.

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