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Thank you, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. (F, 22%), for inadvertently making the case for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (C, 78%) as the next attorney general of the United States.

It may sound counterintuitive, but the tail end of Lewis’ diatribe Wednesday against Sessions’ supposed implicit racism, and the senator’s potential failure to equally enforce the law because of it, Lewis made the case for Sessions’ appointment despite himself.

The statement happened during a hearing panel on civil rights which Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (D, 66%) greenlighted over the weekend, caving to Democrat demands.

After a long and harrowing account of the civil rights movement, Rep. Lewis said that the American people should go “forward, not back” and that the A.G. should be a defender of the rights of all Americans.

“We need an A.G. who is going to look out for all of us and not just some of us,” Lewis said during his statement. “It doesn’t matter whether they are black or white, Latino-American, or Asian-American, whether they are straight or gay, Muslim, Christian, or Jews. We all live in the same house, the American house.”

Seeing as his biracial Asian-American granddaughter was outright mocked by a MTV reporter the day before, one would think that Sen. Sessions would heartily agree with the statement. (Something they might have discussed when the two locked arms at the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. But, I digress…)

Sure, this was (like Tuesday) a shallow attempt to paint Sessions as some sort of Jim Crow law-supporting racist for not accepting policy recommendations on criminal justice reform or Democrat attempts to expand hate crime laws, but the statement is true despite the intent of the speaker —in a way.

As Daniel Horowitz and I pointed out yesterday:

Democrats kept trying to paint Sessions as a bigot for not supporting their version of hate crimes for the usual classes: women, gays, sexual identity alphabet soup, etc. What they fail to see is that none of them come up to Sessions’ ankles in terms of being tough on crime. While Democrats want to reduce sentences and bring back the pre-‘90s era of law enforcement, Sessions wants to prosecute all criminals to the fullest extent of the law. Thus, ironically, if someone were to kill an individual for being a homosexual (or for any other reason), Sessions would support the death penalty while these Democrats would likely have the individual back on the streets within 10 years.

Rep. John Lewis just made Jeff Sessions’ case for him. If you want someone to stand up for everyone, you do it by equally applying and enforcing America’s laws against all perpetrators full stop. It’s shielding everyone from bad guys regardless of the skin pigmentation, religion, or sexual desires involved. It’s defending the fundamental rights of all American citizens as American citizens, regardless of which sub-sections of society they sort themselves into afterward.

And if you’re looking for someone to do that, Jeff Sessions is your man for attorney general.



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Nate Madden is a Staff Writer for Conservative Review, focusing on religious freedom, jihadism, and the judiciary. He previously served as the Director of Policy Relations for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. A Publius Fellow, John Jay Fellow, Citadel Parliamentary Fellow and National Journalism Center alumnus, Nate’s writing has previously appeared in several religious and news publications. Follow him @NateMaddenCR and on Facebook.

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