Trump Picks: An Islamophobe and a Racist

President Elect selected a bigot for Attorney General and a Muslim-hater as National Security advisor.

Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions
Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Alabama ultra-conservative bigot Jeff Sessions is was picked to be the Attorney General of the United States according to reports today.  Sessions was nominated by Reagan in 1986 for a job as a federal judge but was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The Committee, which was controlled by Republicans at the time, had only rejected one other such appointment in nearly fifty years.  Sessions record of bigotry was the reason he was rejected.  Sessions denied the allegations that he is racist.  Sessions has also earned his place among the white nationalist supporters of Trump for his strong opposition to immigration reform.  Sessions once said that the Voting Rights Act is a “piece of intrusive legislation.”

Another horrifying clue of the kind of America envisioned by Mr. Grab-Them-By-Pussy, the President Elect reportedly has offered the position of National Security Advisor to anti-Islamic nut-job Lt. General Michael T. Flynn.  While an astounding number of military leaders, diplomats, and intelligence community professionals warned of the disaster that would result from a Trump presidency, Flynn was a Trump backer. Flynn believes the Islamic faith is a political ideology, not a religion, which is threatening US security.  He has advocated the idea that the government should register Muslims.  Flynn also gained attention for leading chants of “lock her up” at Republican rallies and the convention.

Photo by Gage Skidemore.
Michael Flynn
Photo by Gage Skidemore.

Flynn was believed to be under consideration for the position of Secretary of Defense or CIA director but was selected for the National Security Advisor role because it does not require congressional approval.  Lt. Gen. Flynn’s ideas are so extreme and his analytical skills so questionable, that it is thought that his appointment to another post might not have held up to congressional and public scrutiny.

Flynn is credited with convincing Trump that the US in in a “world war” with Islam and has repeatedly falsely said that Shariah law is being imposed in the US.  He has said that Muslims should feared.  Like the President Elect himself, Flynn carries numerous conflicts of interest with him to this position, in relation to the consulting firm he started after being fired by President Obama from his position as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

This new administration is moving rapidly to take the country backward to a day of institutionalized bigotry and hawkish aggression on the international scene.  Many liberal democrats have advocated giving Trump a chance.  This editor says NO!  This is a time for unrelenting resistance.