Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) confronted NAACP President Cornell Brooks during the second day of hearings over the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to serve in the Trump administration at Attorney General. Graham challenged Brooks and the organization he heads over their political motivations.
In reference to Sessions, who has been subjected to a barrage of accusations of racism despite his work against the racist Ku Klux Klan, Brooks said the Alabama senator’s record “evinces a clear disregard, disrespect, and even disdain for the civil and human rights of racial and ethnic minorities, women, the disabled, and others who suffer from discrimination in this country.”
Therefore, Brooks said that the NAACP strongly believes that confirming Sessions as attorney general “would be bad for America and could exacerbate already deepening racial divisions in this country.”
When Graham asked Brooks what score the NAACP had given to Sessions, Brooks replied, “The senator has received a low grade, a failing grade, for years on end.” Going furhter, Graham said that every GOP on the committee had a failing grade from the NAACP, while the Democrats on the committee had all received scores of 100 percent, with the exception of Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) who received 96 percent.
When Brooks said that the NAACP report card is based “on legislative record, not party,” Graham said that the disparity was “really odd.” He added, “I think it speaks for itself,” who added, “I hope that doesn’t make us all racist and all of them perfect on the issue.” When Graham asked Brooks to name one Republican who would make a good attorney general, Brooks would not answer.