Angela Rye slams Jeff Sessions for Attorney General: ‘We should call it the Department of Injustice’
CNN commentator Angela Rye made the rounds on Friday and appeared on a panel with Don Lemon to discuss some of the latest picks for President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration.
Lemon started the segment off by asking panelists, “Can we just not fight, ’cause I am so tired.”
The panelists discussed Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and the critiques that have surfaced in regards to that pick.
Quoting Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Lemon said, “Instead of embracing the bigotry that fueled his campaign rallies, I urge President-Elect Trump to reverse his apparent decision to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions.”
“How harshly do you expect Democrats to push back on this confirmation hearing?” Lemon asked the panel.
“Well they’ve already started and rightfully so,” Rye started. “It’s interesting to hear commentators all day say ‘oh we’re judging him off his record from 30 years ago’ and that’s not exactly true. There are a number of women who are frustrated about the fact that this is the same man who voted against the Violence Against Women’s Act,” she said.
She noted how Sessions also voted against “fairness in pay of women and men.”
She said, “He’s not an advocate for people of color, for Latinos and other folks who immigrate into the country. He’s been a very strong opponent for black people — we can check the record — from calling a black man ‘boy’ while he was a USA attorney in Alabama.”
“You have this major issue where this man’s record consistently, from the ’80s to today, flies in the face of what the Justice Department should be all about,” she said.
Lemon asked Rye, “Following in the footsteps of Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, how different do you think this department will be under Senator Sessions?”
Rye spoke truth, as usual, stating, “Well, we should call it the Department of Injustice, because that’s exactly what it would be. He would undo everything they’ve done to work so hard to establish the Civil Rights Division and to make it a beacon of hope in this country.”
Watch the full clip below.