Quick note on today — Post-Election Sara is branching out! New Blogger and awesome friend, Hanaa Rifaey is joining us! Enjoy.

#StopSessions, Ikea Edition


Given that it’s the new year, my husband and I are embarking on yet another #cleanallthethings/#organizeallthethings/#burnitalldown home project. We were going back and forth over text in rapid fire about the pros and cons of an Ikea cabinet system when Sara happened to text me to ask if we should write something about the “worst cabinet picks.” In skimming her message, all I saw was that phrase and immediately thought, “WHY IS SARA UPSET ABOUT THE CABINETS?” As in the Ikea cabinets. Not exactly the same.

However, even more stressful than designing an Ikea cabinet system over text message is the fact that the President-Elect’s cabinet nomination confirmation hearings commence today. At 9:30 EST, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its hearing regarding Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Let’s get to know Senator Sessions, shall we?

Not a fan of the Voting Rights Act. Sessions was a U.S. Attorney in Alabama in the 1980s. Expect that the hearings will revisit a lot of his cases from that period, including a 1985 voter fraud case in which Sessions prosecuted three African-American civil rights activists and lost. As the NY Times states, this case “is a precursor to current Republican claims that voter fraud at the polls is a widespread problem, which Sessions has promoted, even though there is little evidence to support it.”

Not a fan of the LGBT community. As the HRC, which scored him at 0, summarizes: “In Congress, Sessions voted for a Constitutional ban on marriage equality; spoke in opposition of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell; voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); is a cosponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), legislation that could allow Kim Davis-style discrimination against LGBTQ people across the nation; voted against both the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, gender and disability and against repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”  

Not a fan of women. When asked about Trump bragging about grabbing women by the pussy, Sessions responded, “I don’t characterize that as a sexual assault. I think that’s a stretch.” And let’s not forget he voted against renewing the Violence Against Women Act basically because he thought it was too politically motivated.

Not a fan of Muslims. When the “Muslim ban” started coming up during the campaign, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a nonbinding amendment that stated the Senate believes our nation “must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion.” Sessions was one of four Senators to vote against this, calling it “radical” and taking 30 minutes of Senate floor time to argue against it.

Not a fan of immigrants. Sessions believes that there are too many immigrants in the U.S. period, documented and undocumented. He has opposed all legislation that appears friendly to immigration.

Not a fan of marijuana. Politico writes, “As a U.S. Attorney in Alabama in the 1980s, Sessions said he thought the KKK ‘were OK until I found out they smoked pot.’ [HE REALLY SAID THAT!!!!!!!!!] In April [2016], he said, ‘Good people don’t smoke marijuana,’ and that it was a ‘very real danger’ that is ‘not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.’”  

Denied the bench in the past due to his racism. Reagan nominated him in 1986 for a federal judgeship. The Senate said no. See remarks on the KKK and more!

Loves The Donald!!!!!!!!!!! Sessions was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump, back when we thought this was a far-fetched PR scheme with no basis in reality.

“This guy is terrible! What can I do?” I hear you saying to your internet-enabled device. Call your Senator and tell them to #StopSessions. If they plan to vote for him, ask them how they can justify any of the above horrible facts about him. Then, get them on record and share it.