Veteran civil rights advocate and political operative Jesse Jackson told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a “stab in the heart of our struggle." His remarks came despite tributes that Sessions enjoyed from Coretta Scott King -- the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. -- and the NAACP. "When Trump appoints Sessions at the Department of Justice, he led the injustice drive. He called the Voting Rights Act an intrusion on states' rights. He called the effort to end legal segregation acts of misjudging," Jackson said.
 
He added, "That is a stab in the heart of our struggle," about Sessions. The former Alabama senator was confirmed to his current post in the Trump administration last week.
 
Jackson said that it is unlikely that he can cooperate with the president. "Meeting with Trump is going to be a very difficult thing to do … It is going to be very difficult because Trump's appointees are hostile to our interests," Jackson said.
 
Jackson also spoke to the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, "For the Department of Education, Ms. DeVos has never ever been in the public schools."  He added,  "She just bought her position in the government. Hard to discuss education with somebody with those kinds of credentials."
 
Jackson’s statements of today contrast with tributes he paid to Trump in 1998 and 1999. In both of those years, Trump was honored at the annual Wall Street Conference hosted by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. PUSH was founded by Jackson and is allegedly dedicated to “multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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