All eyes are on the Senate Tuesday as the first hearings are held for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. Democrats have vowed to fight Trump on his choices despite the fact that they cannot stop any of their confirmations. They simply do not have enough votes to do so.
One of the most contentious of Trump’s nominations is that of sitting Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for attorney general. MSNBC host Al Sharpton has vowed to hold formal protests this week as confirmation hearings for Sessions begin.
In an unprecedented move, one sitting senator is also fighting against Sessions’s confirmation. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ announced plans to testify against Sessions during Tuesday’s hearing. This is believed to be the first time that a sitting senator has testified against another sitting Senator.
A closer look at the past of the two Senators, however, suggests that Booker’s actions may be nothing more than a publicity stunt. The two worked closely together to pass legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to those who participated in the Selma marches. Sessions was a co-sponsor of that legislation. Booker publicly praised Sessions noting how “honored” he was to work with him on this legislation.
How can Booker claim that he feels so moved to testify against Sessions while he also claims to be honored to work with him to award one of the nation’s highest honors to the Selma Marchers? It seems quite apparent that Tuesday’s testimony is nothing more than a publicity stunt. The hypocrisy of this act is preposterous.
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