UltraViolet Action on the Selection of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 18, 2016

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UltraViolet Action on the Selection of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Statement from Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet Action, a national women’s advocacy organization, on President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General:

“We are deeply disturbed, but not at all surprised, by Donald Trump’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions, a racist, misogynistic and bigoted man to serve as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.  

“Sessions’ record on protecting women is abysmal, from voting against cracking down on military sexual assault to opposing the Violence Against Women Act.

“Thirty years ago, the Senate said Jeff Sessions was too racist to be a federal judge, and 30 days ago, Senator Sessions didn’t think that grabbing a woman by her genitals without her consent was sexual assault.  It is now up to Senate Republicans and Democrats to ensure that our nation’s standards aren’t lower today than they were 30 years ago and prove that they are committed to moving us forward, not backwards.”

In October, more than 32,000 people signed onto a new petition from UltraViolet Action calling for the removal of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) from the Senate Judiciary Committee after Sessions refused to acknowledge that Trump’s comments in the 20016 hot mic Access Hollywood Video – in which Trump described forcibly kissing women and grabbing their genitals – constituted sexual assault, telling The Weekly Standard after Sunday night’s debate, “I don’t characterize that as sexual assault. I think that’s a stretch.”

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