Gavin Newsom: Jeff Sessions 'Outright Racist' for Praising 'Anglo-American' Legal Traditions

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being accused of racism by some organizations after he used the term "Anglo-American heritage" Monday at a National Sheriff's Association meeting he was addressing.

"We must never erode this historic office", Sessions added.

According to CNN, the term "Anglo-American" didn't appear in Sessions' prepared remarks, indicating that the remark was ad-libbed.

DOJ explains Jeff Sessions' improvised reference... The term literally dates back a thousand years to the invention of common law-predating the American experiment which has proven itself to be a white nationalist one.

The comment stood out, especially because it came from Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama who has faced questions about race throughout decades of public life, including during his confirmation hearings last January.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may want to stick to the script next time.

However, some legal experts have speculated Sessions' statement Monday was referring to the shared common legal heritage of England and the US sheriffs' systems.

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The "Anglo-American" phrase has inspired some criticism from those that said the comment was racially insensitive.

Given that Sessions was once deemed too racist for a federal judgeship under Reagan, it's not insane to assume that the attorney general was applauding sheriffs for bolstering whiteness or white "heritage" in law enforcement, especially when he could have stayed on a script that left much less to interpretation. Brian Schatz: "Do you know anyone who says "Anglo-American heritage" in a sentence?"

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, tweeted a quote from her mother's 1986 opposition to Sessions's nomination for a federal judgeship.

Among other comments, Sessions allegedly derided the NAACP and ACLU as "Communist-inspired" and "un-American", and said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was alright until he heard that some members smoked marijuana.

"As most law students learn in the first week of their first year, Anglo-American law - also known as the common law - is a shared legal heritage between England and America".

[A process] "that adheres to rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system, but doing it in a way that doesn't result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up". "Or they could simply put "Anglo-American law" into Google".

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