A police officer in Alabama was fired this week for posting racist memes on his Facebook page, one asking why black people haven’t thanked white people yet for sacrificing 620,000 white lives in the Civil War to free the slaves, and another suggesting that the only language Michelle Obama is fluent in is “ghetto.”
“We will not tolerate that kind of conduct by any employees. We take very seriously our responsibility to treat everyone equally and equitably. We have to make sure we take steps for the community to trust us,” Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant offered as his reason for firing Officer Joel Husk.
If only the Trump Administration followed the same code of conduct.
Yesterday, it was announced that Trump had tapped Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to run the U.S. Attorney General’s office With all due respect to the state, “Alabama Senator” is automatically a red flag for anyone being tapped to oversee any position involving civil rights, but as it turns out, Sessions fits the stereotype. In fact, Sessions was blocked by the Senate for a seat on the federal bench under Reagan for racist comments after it was revealed that he called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American” and “Communist-inspired” because they “forced civil rights down the throats of people.”
Sessions also said that he was fine with the KKK until he found out they “smoked pot,” called a black U.S. Asst. Attorney General “boy,” and told him to watch what he says to “white people.” Sessions, at the time, was only the second federal judge appointee ever blocked at the Senate Judiciary Committee level.
That’s how racist he is, so naturally, he’s now being tapped for the top law enforcement position in the country, and it’s unlikely that he will be blocked by the Senate 30 years after the Senate blocked him for a much lesser position. Progress! Democrats have only 47 votes, and moderate Republicans — including #NeverTrumper Jeff Flake — have not shown a willingness to oppose the confirmation, so while the confirmation hearings may create some drama, Sessions will probably get through.
Am I the only one at this point who is saying, “Please God, Trump. Appoint Mitt Romney as Secretary of State,” because having Romney on the cabinet at least seems to provide one voice of reason within the Administration.
When did Mitt Romney become a voice of reason in this country? Oh yeah! I remember: Election day.