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.
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.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 11, 2017
“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…)
I figure after his testimony, John Lewis said, "Nothing personal. You know the game." pic.twitter.com/4kLVRHs9aP
— Hunter Baker (@hunterbaker) January 11, 2017
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.
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.