Get Trump Off Twitter Petition – Please Sign And Pass Along

Excerpt from A Get Trump Off Twitter petition and links:

Here is a link to the Get Trump Off Twitter petition:

The more of us who speak up, the more likely it is that Twitter will hear us and listen.

Please forward the message below to share via email with your friends and family, then click here to share the petition on Facebook:

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Did you know that Trump’s hate speech on Twitter is forbidden by Twitter’s rules?

Get Trump off Twitter

Get Trump Off Twitter: Trump kicked off Martin Luther King weekend 2017 with disparaging tweet against civil rights icon John Lewis.

Twitter’s rules state that any accounts that engage in hateful conduct may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension. Twitter defines hateful conduct as promoting violence against other people for their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion…etc. Trump has promoted violence on his account, and should be subject to suspension. Not only that, as President-elect, he uses Twitter to spread lies, including that “millions of people…voted illegally,” which is NOT true!

This is not an issue of freedom of speech. Twitter is a third party, private company, and is allowed to ban any account for any reason.

Twitter has every right to decide what belongs on their platform.

I just signed a Care2 petition to tell Twitter to suspend @realDonaldTrump for hateful conduct and spreading lies! Will you do the same?

Here is a link to the petition:


Shirley Burns

Get Trump Off Twitter @jack #TrumpOffTwitter @anthonynoto

Get Trump off Twitter.

ALL of the American people, not just the few with Twitter accounts, deserve real communication from the alleged President of the United States, not just 140 characters at 3 AM to a self-selected audience of 18 million.

Get Trump Off Twitter

Get Trump Off Twitter

It’s time for Twitter to become a responsible corporate citizen and stop enabling the 24/7 140-character terrorism from @realDonaldTrump.

When CIA Director John Brennan warns that @realDonaldTrump’s off-the-cuff and often in the middle of the night remarks on Twitter are dangerous it’s time to ask Twitter to close his account permanently.

Get Trump off Twitter: If you have a Twitter account please send a Tweet to @jack and @Twitter with the hashtag #TrumpOffTwitter asking @realDonaldTrump be shut down.

Twitter enabled @realDonaldTrump allowing him to spread hate and lies while sowing discord not just in the United States but throughout the world. His reckless Tweets have caused tensions among the nation’s friends and adversaries alike,have moved the markets as well as shares of individual companies. Over and over @realDoanldTrump has used his Twitter feed to bully a wide range of institutions and individuals.

People have been banned from Twitter for far less than what @realDoanldTrump has done and is doing.

We’re no longer certain how Twitter make a 1st amendment argument allowing @realDonaldTrump to continue Tweeting. After the inauguration, will @twitter allow him to make major decisions at 3 AM in 140 characters?

Twitter as a company must face the reality of its role in making @realDonaldTrump president. To show his disdain for Twitter @realDonaldTrump pointedly didn’t invite the firm that made his victory possible to his “summit” of technology bigwigs.

This should have been a big message to Twitter, but perhaps the multi-millionaires who run the company are on @realDonaldTrump’s side.

Where do you stand @jack @twitter?

We’ve also heard the argument that if Trump can’t Tweet how will we know what he is doing? As PEOTUS @realDonaldTrump would have to communicate to ALL Americans using more conventional means and be forced to fully articulate his ideas and be more accountable for his statements.

Get Trump Off Twitter: Contact The Twitter Executive Team

Current CEO Jack Dorsey is a co-founder and CEO of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.

Estimated Net worth: $1.31 billion USD (2017) Forbes

Please tweet to @jack and ask him to close @realDonaldTrump.

The other Twitter top executive should have no trouble communicating with the @realDonldTrump since we worked for Goldman Sachs, the source of six (6) cabinet officers.

Anthony Noto, chief operating officer of Twitter and head of Twitter Ventures, was previously managing director at Goldman Sachs and CFO of the National Football League. How many Goldman Sachs executives are nominated for @realDonaldTrump’s cabinet?

Noto doesn’t do much Tweeting, so he should get the message.

Please Tweet him @anthonynoto and ask him to close @realDonaldTrump before real harm is done to the country.

Where do you stand @anthonynoto @jack @twitter?

Please Tweet to #TrumpOffTwitter

SIGN THE PETITION: Get Trump off Twitter

Conservatives Plot Their Course on the Rising 2018 ‘Sea of Red’ in State Capitals

By Robert Faturechi ProPublica, Jan. 6, 2017 — Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country.

The American Legislative Exchange Council 2014 a nonprofit better known as ALEC 2014 briefed its members and allied groups on the bright future for its agenda now that Republicans will effectively control 68 of the nation’s 99 state legislative bodies, as well as 33 governor’s mansions. Among other things, group members said they would push bills to reduce corporate taxes, weaken unions, privatize schooling and influence the ideological debate on college campuses.

“We can pretty much do whatever we want to right now,” said Rep. Jim DeCesare, a Republican state legislator in Kentucky, where the party gained the state House for the first time in nearly a century.

DeCesare, who had been minority whip, described plans for “a pretty intense agenda” including a so-called right-to-work law allowing employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements to opt out of joining labor unions. Another, he said, would be repealing rules that require government contractors to pay employees more than the minimum wage. Neighboring states competing for new businesses, he said, had already gutted such regulations.

“We’ve got some catching up to do, but we plan to make up a lot of ground in a very short time,” DeCesare said. “This is our time to shine.”

Another ALEC official, Michael Bowman, told the group that outside advocates, not lawmakers, held the key to success. “Legislators are not the trailblazers of developing policies,” Bowman said. “They’re actually the retail consumers.”

ALEC, founded in 1973, acts as a clearinghouse for business-friendly model bills. Among its major donors are the billionaires Charles and David Koch. Members include corporations and their lobbyists, along with hundreds of legislators who work together to craft free-market legislation offered in many states at once. The group has successfully advanced bills imposing voter ID rules and loosening labor and environmental regulations.

Because the group generally allies with Republicans, November’s results provide the best chance yet to turn its ideas into law. In Iowa, for example, the party regained dominance in the state Senate, winning a trifecta of both chambers and the governorship for the first time in almost two decades. Republicans expanded their lead in the Pennsylvania Senate to a two-thirds majority, large enough to threaten to override vetoes by Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat. Even in North Carolina, where Democrat Roy Cooper eked out a win for governor, Republicans retained their veto-proof majorities in the legislature, where lawmakers have pushed through a series of controversial laws, including one that rolled back protections for transgender people using public bathrooms. The number of states where Republicans control both the legislature and the governor’s office will rise from 23 to 25. The total number of Republican legislators nationwide also has grown.

The post-election lunch meeting, held Nov. 17 at the organization’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters, included members of ALEC and other conservative groups, with some calling into a private conference line. Ashley Varner, a strategic communications director at ALEC, opened the session by pointing out that with the power shift in Washington, opportunities at the state level were flying under the radar. “There’s a sea of red,” Varner said, adding that hundreds of incumbents from both parties had been ousted. “What are we going to do with these new legislatures?’

Inez Feltscher, director of ALEC’s education task force, outlined plans to advocate for legislation giving money to parents who take their children out of public schools 2014 stipends they could use for private schooling or other educational expenses. Critics of these “education savings accounts” say they’re a drain on public-school funding, while proponents argue they give parents a chance to pick the best situation for their kids.

Feltscher acknowledged another motivation: “To break the monopoly on one of the most important institutions in America.” Conservatives have long been at odds with teachers unions over the structure and curriculum of public schools. “We’ve let the left take over almost all of the cultural institutions of this country,” she said.

Another ALEC target, Feltscher said, would be the state of “free debate on American universities,” which conservatives say are largely dominated by left-leaning faculty, courses and speakers. For example, she said, lawmakers could use a range of tactics to press administrators to include multiple ideologies during on-campus public policy talks, such as demanding an annual count of campus events that included more than one perspective. Simply requiring measurement and public reporting would apply pressure, she said, but legislators could also take it to “the nuclear level” and threaten to pull funding from schools that are perceived to be limiting discourse.

“There’s going to be a lot more aggression on this,” Feltscher said.

ALEC executives also forecasted tax cuts and other conservative fiscal reforms in New Hampshire, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia. Jonathan Williams, vice president of ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform, reminded the group that one of the only Republican majorities lost in November came in Nevada, where taxes had been raised.

Williams acknowledged the presidential campaign was “a little light on policy details” but said he was optimistic the Trump administration would follow the states’ lead. “The stars have aligned,” Williams said.

Bowman, who is ALEC’s vice president of policy, said the change in Washington might benefit ALEC’s fight to preserve anonymity for donors to politically active nonprofit groups at the state level. With Trump in office, Democrats might now start to see the value of this privacy. “Democrats who are afraid of the Republican administration are beginning to say 2018Maybe we need to embrace some First Amendment rights,'” Bowman said.

Contacted for comment, Varner, the ALEC communications director, said the organization’s optimism is based not on expanded Republican control, but rather voter discontent with the status quo, regardless of party. DeCesare, the Kentucky lawmaker, responded with an email stating he didn’t attend the meeting. Varner, however, confirmed that DeCesare had called into the meeting on the conference line.

This week, some of the promises DeCesare made during the ALEC meeting began to materialize, with a Kentucky House committee approving a “right to work” bill and another to roll back the prevailing wage rule.

Stephen Voss, a University of Kentucky political scientist, said the Republican resurgence will have a major impact on important policies across the country. He expects most of the changes to percolate out of formerly split states where the GOP has now taken total control 2014 like Kentucky 2014 rather than in states with longstanding Republican majorities.

“Those are the states where there’s just a lot of pent-up demand, a lot of unhappiness with the status quo,” he said. “The people who have been waiting to make those changes can now implement them.”

Voss said that shifts in political control after years of stability often produce a period of dramatic policy innovation.

“And what we know about public policy is it spreads,” Voss said. “Other states will pick up their innovations, good or bad.”

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385 tRUMP Names (And NOT President)

385 tRUMP Names (and NOT president)

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Agent Orange

Agent of Deranged Change

Alpha Molester

America’s Black Mole

America’s Burst Appendix

Amnesty Don

The Angry Cheeto

Angry Orange Creamsicle


Art Deal and Mr. “Art of the Deal”

A$$aulter-in-Chief trump names


Baby Fingers

Bag of Toxic Sludge

Baldfaced Crier

Barbecued Brutus

Barbarian at the Debate

John Baron

Barrel-Shouting Meatball Donald Trump

The Big Cheeto

Big Donald

The Bigoted Billionaire

The Bilious Billionaire

Birther Maniac

Blitzkrieg Bozo


Boiled Ham in a Wig


The Boychurian Candidate


Bribe of Chucky

The Bouffant Buffoon

Bully Boy


Bush Baby

Bush Baby Fingers

The Bush Basher

The Bush Beater



Butternut Squash

Cancer in a Wig

Captain Chaos

Captain Crunch

Captain Outrageous

Captain Tantastic

The Chaos Candidate

Cheddar Boy

Cheez Doodle

Cheez Whiz

Cheeto-Dusted Bloviator

Cheeto Jesus

Chicken Donald


Cinnamon Hitler


Clown Prince of Politics

Comedy Entrapment


Conspiracy Commander-in-Chief

Con-Dike Gold Rush

Corn Husk Doll Cursed by a Witch

The Cowardly Lyin’

Crybaby Prima Donald

Crybaby Trump

Creep Throat

Daddy Warbucks

The Daft Draft Dodger

Dainty Donald

Damien Trump

Damn Turd Pol

Dangerous Donald

Darth Hater

Darth TaxEVader


The Debate Hater

Decomposing Jack O’Lantern

Deeply Disturbed Fuzzy Orange Goofball

The Definer

Dehydrated Orange Peel


Der Groepenfuehrer

Der Trumpkopf

Diaper Don


Dickhead Dongle

Dingbat Donald

Dire Abby

Dishonest Don

The Disruptor

The Dick Tater


DiJiT – (rhymes with Digit – street slang for a person with a 2 digit IQ)

Dodgy Donald

The Don

Don the Con

Don Dementia

The Donald

Donald deGonad

Donald the Deadbeat

Donald Dingbat

Donald Dipshit

Donald Dodo

The Donaldmeister

Donald Doom

The Donimator

Donald Douche and the Bags

Donald Drumpf

Donald Duck

Donald Duck Doo-Doo

Donald Ducknuke

Donald Dump

Donald Gonad

Donald the Menace

Donald Tax-Duck

Don Goner

Donnie Darko





Don of Orange

Draft Dodger


Duke Nuke ‘Em



The Dumpster

Dump Tump

Ego Maniac

The Emperor with no Clothes


Itty Bitty Ball Trump

Failed Mail-Order Meat Salesman

Fascist Carnival Barker

Feral Shouting Meatball Donald Trump

Field Marshall Trump

Fifth Avenue Freeze-Out

Financially Embattled Thousandaire

Flat Top


Flip Flopper

The Fomentor

The Fomentalist

Forrest Trump

Fragile Soul


Frisky Frisker

The Frontrunner

Fruit of the Loom

Fuckface von Clownstick

The Germinator

Genghis Cant

Gentle Donald

The Greatest Charlatan (of them all)

Golden Calf of Doom


God-Emperor Trump

Godzilla, with Less Foreign Policy Experience

Golden Wrecking Ball

The GOP’s Unhinged Front-Runner

Government Expander

Gossamer-Skinned Bully

Grandpa Fucko

The Grand Wizard of Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Great Orange Hairball of Fear

The Great White Dope

The Great White Dope on a Self-Hanging Rope

Grope Dope


Halfwit Tweet Twit

Hair Apparent

Hair Furor

Hair Hitler

Head Twit

Herr Führer Trump

Herr Trump

The Human Amplifier

The Human Combover

The Human Corncob

The Human Bullhorn

Human-Toupee Hybrid

Humble — (Trump’s suggestion for his Secret Service codename)

Humble Trump

Humble Cow Pie

Humpty Trumpty

Hurricane Donald

The im-POTUS

The Inane Interjector

Immigrant-Bashing Carnival Barker

In-Vet-Irate Liar

The ISIS Candidate

Jack the Gripper

John Baron, John Miller and John Barron — Donald Trump pseudonyms

John Boehner’s Tanning Partner in Crime

Job Security (for comedians)

Kelly’s Zero

Killer Klown from Outer Space

King of Debt

King Leer

King of the Oompa Loompas

The Kingpin

King of Sleaze

King of Spin

King of the Whoppers

King Trump

King Twit

K-Mart Caesar

Kremlin’s Klown

Lady Fingers

Liberals’ Best Friend

Liberal Lip

Liberal Wannabe Strongman

Little Donnie Sissypants

Little Dutch Boy

Long Dong Trump

Loosin’ Donald

Lord Dampnut

Lord Voldemort


Machado Meltdown

The Mad Shambler

Maladroit Savage Spiraling Out of Control


Mango Mussolini

Master Debater



Mein Furor

The Michelangelo of Ballyhoo

Mogul — his Secret Service code name

Moneydiaper McStupid

“Art of the Deal”





Boinker Oinker


The Man of Steal (made in China)



Wiggy Piggy


Mussolini’s Taint


Narcissistic Human Airhorn


The New Furor


New York Dork


New York Pork Dork


No More Donald


The Only Plausible GOP Nominee


Orange Anus


Orangeback Gorilla


Orange Bozo


Orange Caligula


Orange Clown


Orange-Hued Self-Immolator


Orange Julius


Orange Man


Orange Manatee


The Orange Messiah


Orange Moron


Orange Omen of Doom


Orange Slug


Orange Toilet Bowl Crud Brought to Life as a Genital-Grabbing Golem


Orange-Tufted Imbecile Intent on Armageddon


Orange-Tufted A$$hole




Panda Hair


Pander Hair


Party Pooper


Peripatetic Political Showman


Pile of Old Garbage Covered in Vodka Sauce


The Puerile Sophomoric Sniveler


Pig Donald


Political Gutterball


Poor Donald


Poster Child of American Decline




The Predictable Endpoint of Republicanism


Prima Donald


Puffed Up Daddy


Der Pumpkin Führer


Pussy Posse


Putin’s Gambit


Putin’s Pet


Putin’s Puppett


Queens’ Reich


Queer Orangutan


Rabble-Rousing Demagogue


Republican Rapture Inducer


Riptide of Regression


Rome Burning in Man Form


Ronald McDonald Trump-Bozo


Ryan’s Nope


Sack of Gilded Lunchmeat


Screaming Carrot Demon


Scrooge Grinch McGrump


Scrooge McTrump


Serial Feeler




The Shambling Sasquatch




Silver Spoon Donald


The Silver Spoon Scion


Snake Oil Salesman




Sociopathic 70-Year-Old Toddler


Sophomoric Sniveler


The Spin King


The Spinster


The Sinister Spinster


Stubby Baby Fingers Trump




The Suicide Bummer


The Swamp Draining Lizard-Man-Toddler


The Talking Yam


Tan Dump Lord — anagram


The Tanning Bed Warning Label


Tangello Fruit Roll-Up Stretched Over Cat Litter Donald Trump


Tangerine Jesus


Tangerine-Tinted Trash-Can Fire


Tangerine Tornado


The Teflon Don


Tepid Trumpeter


TelePrompTer Trump


Thin Skinned Orange Peel


Terroristic Man-Toddler




Tic-Tacky Trump


Tie-Coon (because his menswear line includes ties)


Timid Trumpster


The Tiny Fisted Emperor


Tiny Hands Trump


Tricky Trump


Tricky Don Trump




T rump








Trump Card


The Trumpet


Trump of Doom


















Trumpling Dildo




Trumpocalypse — Markos Moulitsas on Daily Kos




Trumptastrophe — Chris McKay




Trump the Grump


The Tufted Taliban


Twat Twit


Twitter-Drunk Donald


Twitter Flitter


Twitter Spitter


The Twitter Terror


Two-Bit Caesar


Two Pump Trump


UNA (Unrepentant Narcissistic Asshole)


The UNA Bomber


Unreality King


Vanilla Isis


Venom-Drenched Regurgitated Slimy Orange Hairball


Vet Evictor




Walking Punchline


Walking Talking Human Combover


Weak Donald


The Wedgie from West Palm


Whiny Don


Whiny Donald


The White Kanye


The Winning Whiner


World’s Greatest Troll — FiveThirtyEight Politics


Xenophobic Sweet Potato Donald Trump


YUGE Asshole




Zen Master of Hate

Koch Brothers Kollege For Right-Wing Social Engineers

By Jim Hightower – The billionaire Koch brothers are funding a school to promote their views, but the message is hard to swallow.

Jim HightowerBreaking news: An amazing new school for political activists is training thousands of people to be community organizers. They’re using Saul Alinsky’s classic manual, Rules for Radicals.

The Grassroots Leadership Academy gives how-to lessons in everything from mounting successful protest actions to recruiting middle-of-the-road voters. But, wait — who’s that hiding behind Saul Alinsky?

Good grief, it’s the Koch brothers!

Yes, this “grassroots” outfit has been set up by the gabillionaires Charles and David Koch to train cadres of right-wing corporatists to spread their ideological laissez-fairydust across the land.

The academy is run through Americans for Prosperity, the Kochs’ political wing, which put up $3 million to get it going. About 10,000 people have gone through training sessions in three dozen states. The brothers’ grandiose scheme is to take over the Republican Party and use it as a tool to rebuild America itself into a Kochlandia, ruled by the superrich.

Koch Brothers

(Photo: DonkeyHotey / flickr)

Even their money, however, can’t overcome one huge barrier: their message.

The academy’s curriculum, for example, is loaded with such corporate nonsense as a course titled “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.”

Attendees are indoctrinated with two overarching lessons: First, freewheeling corporate power — unrestrained by labor, environmental, or other public protections — GOOD. Second, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and other social programs — VERY BAD.

Koch Kollege for right-wing social engineers is peddling a status quo agenda of corporate elitism and trickle-down ideology, which the vast majority of Americans are now openly rebelling against. It’s like trying to sell chicken salad made out of chicken manure. There’s not enough sugar in the world to make people swallow that.

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown

Working Class – Calling Working People of All Colors

By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson – The economic concerns of the white working class and people of color are more alike than different.

ebony-slaughter-johnsonA little more than 80 years ago, NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois wrote “Black Reconstruction in America,” a groundbreaking essay that looked at the racial politics of the post-Civil War years.

The major failure of those years, Du Bois insisted, was that poor whites and poor blacks failed to form an alliance around their mutual economic interests and challenges. Instead, white elites doubled down on their efforts to divide poor people of different races.

“So long as the Southern white laborers could be induced to prefer poverty to equality with the Negro,” Dubois lamented, “a labor movement in the South [was] impossible.” Though similarly exploited by white elites, economically disenfranchised whites and blacks “never came to see their common interest.”

More than eight decades later, we’re still waiting.

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, the resounding explanation for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump has been that Democrats failed to respond to the economic needs of the white working class. As a result, this story goes, the white working class turned towards Donald Trump and contributed significantly to his victory.


(Photo: Maryland GovPics / Flickr)

For some, then, the diagnosis for the party’s malaise is simple: Bring the white working class back into the fold.

“If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention all of them. If you don’t, those left out will notice and feel excluded,” Columbia University professor Mark Lilla wrote. He sharply criticized Hillary Clinton for “calling out explicitly to” blacks and Latinos while supposedly neglecting the white working class.

Bringing those white voters into the fold would make the Democratic Party a formidable force, but not if it means marginalizing the concerns of people of color. That would be an unmitigated disaster.

The best way for progressives to realign themselves with the white working class isn’t to reverse this progress. It’s to argue forcefully that the economic concerns of the white working class and people of color are more alike than different.

For instance, working white people understandably complain of lower wages and lost jobs. Yet these economic challenges are part and parcel to those confronting communities of color.

The unemployment rate for black Americans is twice that for the white community across education levels. Similarly, the income gap between black and white households grew to $25,000 as of 2014, a statistic due in no small part to the same wage stagnation, deindustrialization, and de-unionization plaguing many Rust Belt whites.

Trends in wealth have mirrored those in income. Where the Great Recession led to a 16 percent loss in wealth for the average white family, it led to a 53 percent loss for the average black family. As of 2014, around of quarter of black and Latino Americans lived in poverty, compared to 10 percent of whites.

The racism that’s worsened conditions for many Americans of color needs to be addressed head-on. But many of the same populist economic policies that would lift them up would also help struggling whites.

Instead of erasing race from the equation, working people and their progressive advocates should take their cues from Du Bois and get to work building what he called a unified “proletariat” of all colors.

At this rate, we don’t have another 80 years.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a research assistant with the Criminalization of Poverty project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Distributed by

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Trump Yet Another Example Of His Psychopathic Character

Trump criminal activityThere are so many anecdotes of Trump’s narcissism, poor character and lack of any kind of compassion for anyone except himself that the wall of evidence wouldn’t seem to need another example, but then along comes this gem from not fake news organization The Washington Post:

In 1996, Trump had crashed a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a charity opening a nursery school for children with AIDS. Trump, who had never donated to the charity, stole a seat onstage that had been saved for a big contributor.

He sat there through the whole ceremony, singing along with the choir of children as cameras snapped, and then left without giving a dime.

“All of this is completely consistent with who Trump is,” Tony Schwartz, Trump’s co-author on his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal,” told me. “He’s a man who operates inside a tiny bubble that never extends beyond what he believes is his self-interest.”

“If your worldview is only you — if all you’re seeing is a mirror — then there’s nobody to give money to,” Schwartz said. “Except yourself.”

Read the full story here

Jeff Sessions May Be Trump’s Most Dangerous Cabinet Pick

By Marge Baker – Time and time again, Jeff Sessions has put his own right-wing ideology above Americans’ constitutional rights.

Marge BakerPresident-elect Donald Trump recently picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his nominee for U.S. attorney general, a position that leads the Department of Justice and serves as the top law enforcement officer for the country.

But even a cursory look at Sessions’ record shows that he’s absolutely unfit to serve in this role and cannot be trusted to safeguard the rights of all Americans. Time and again, he’s displayed a willingness to put his own ideology above our laws and values.

For example, among other extreme anti-immigrant positions, Sessions has challenged the 14th Amendment’s unambiguous promise that people born in our country are U.S. citizens. Apparently Sessions’ hostility toward immigrants trumps respect for the Constitution.

In a similar vein, after Trump suggested a blatantly unconstitutional ban on Muslims entering the United States, Sessions defended him, saying it’s “appropriate to begin to discuss this.”


Jeff Sessions (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Sessions also has a shameful record on voting rights, one of our most critical constitutional rights as Americans.

As a federal prosecutor, he led a witch hunt against black organizers helping to register African American seniors, threatening three organizers with 100-year sentences. Later, as a senator, he applauded the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision gutting the Voting Rights Act, dismissing the need to address ongoing and well-documented racial discrimination in voting.

Perhaps most disturbing, Sessions voted against a prohibition on torture and against a ban on the “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” of prisoners, extremely troubling stances from both moral and legal perspectives.

In all of these instances, Sessions put his own right-wing ideology above people’s constitutional protections. What Americans need from our attorney general is exactly the opposite: someone willing and able to stand up for our constitutional rights, stand up for our laws, and make sure they’re applied fairly.

This’ll be especially critical with soon-to-be President Trump in charge, a leader who’s repeatedly shown contempt for the law and the Constitution, who’s poised to bring an unprecedented number of conflicts of interest into office, and who’s already floated unconstitutional measures like a Muslim registry.

With any number of potential crises looming around the corner, would Sessions — who was the first senator to endorse Trump — be able to enforce laws impartially and independently, rather than simply doing Trump’s bidding?

More than ever before, we need an attorney general who respects the rights of all Americans and the rule of law. Senator Jeff Sessions is not that person. The Senate should reject his nomination and demand a nominee who Americans can trust to protect justice for all.

Marge Baker is the executive vice president at People For the American Way. Distributed by