Donald Trump's Pick of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General Receives Divided Response

Donald Trump's announcement of his pick for AG caused a worldwide stir.


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he was “honored” to have worked with Sessions and called Trump's pick of him as attorney general “great news for all of us who revere the Constitution and the rule of law.”


Democratic Party leaders were not as optimistic as Republican ones.

Senator-elect Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, the country's first Latina senator, condemned Sessions' anti-immigrant policies.

Nonprofits and Advocacy Groups

The NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund took a similar stance, stating in a release, "Jeff Sessions has a decades-long record -- from his early days as a prosecutor to his present role as a Senator -- of opposing civil rights and equality. It is unimaginable that he could be entrusted to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for this nation's civil rights laws. This is yet another signal from the incoming administration that it is not only prepared to turn its back on equality, it is actively working to continue to sow division and undo decades of progress."

In a statement, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus B.K. Butterfield called Sessions’ civil rights record “appalling,” saying it “should disqualify him from Senate confirmation.”

Other Groups

Even marijuana industry leaders weighed in today, voicing concern about the history of Trump's pick advocating for the “failed war on drugs” and condemnation of the cannabis industry. CalConn Holdings President Aaron Herzberg called Sessions “the worst pick that Trump could have made for attorney general as it comes to marijuana issues” in a statement. He cited the Alabama senator’s remarks that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that its legalization causes a “disturbance.”

Green Lion Partners President Jeff Zucker shared the sentiment, but said that he is “hopeful that the industry’s advancement, especially in the most recent election, will lead to [Sessions’] being open-minded as to the incredible benefits cannabis is already having.”

Perhaps the most controversial of Sessions’ support declarations came from Former KKK Leader David Duke, who tweeted, “Bannon, Flynn, Sessions -- Great! Senate must demand that Sessions as AG stop the massive institutional race discrimination against whites!” The Trump campaign has declined Duke's support.