This will be a short post, but we just can’t let this one go. We’ve already told you how Attorney General Jeff Sessions set off a social media firestorm by telling the National Sheriffs Association that the office of sheriff is “a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.”
Which it is. Lawyers and historians both know this; Barack Obama knows this; but Ellie Shechet over at Jezebel apparently doesn’t, filing her piece in Jezebel’s “Barf Bag” roundup with the tag, “HEY LOOK OVER HERE I’M AN ACTUAL NAZI.”
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) February 13, 2018
Today, Jeff Sessions reminded us — as he has done many, many times before — that he is a proud white supremacist. This doesn’t do a lot to blunt the lunacy of the following quote: “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” the Attorney General of the United States told the National Sheriffs’ Association. It sure is! And what a stunning heritage.
— MarkCom1313 (@MarkCom1313) February 13, 2018
— Harry Shannon (@HarryShannon) February 13, 2018
In case you missed the horrific video, here it is courtesy of Vice News’s Tess Owen:
"The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office" : Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking at the National Sheriff's Association winter conference in DC. @vicenews pic.twitter.com/gPS6AbkS30
— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) February 12, 2018
The ACLU was among those triggered by the idea that the job of sheriff, or “shire reeve,” came to America from England.
Yes, our Attorney General just said this. Out loud. https://t.co/ldXCgCYarx
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 12, 2018
“Cops are white,” said Jeff Sessions, who is not racist. https://t.co/JP7KeCBNvo
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) February 12, 2018
Hoods off. All in. https://t.co/CD9reyQviB
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 12, 2018
Ppl not even trying to hide it anymore 🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/ScHc28Ycgg
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 13, 2018
Jeff Sessions is a living, breathing whites only water fountain. https://t.co/1ZSEupMNER
— Will Fischer (@will_c_fischer) February 12, 2018
Touting "anglo-american heritage" of law enforcement is paying homage to the slave hunters and slave patrols in the south.
This is beyond repulsive.https://t.co/L7Es3WCrL1
— M 〰 (@ManikRathee) February 13, 2018
I can only hope that this remark will provoke others to research that heritage of law enforcement, examine the history of policing in these United States, and consider that what Jeff Sessions labels “erosion” is may actually be progress. Nothing to add. https://t.co/xpoDWJQq2s
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 12, 2018
Nothing to add — that’s his narrative and he’s sticking to it.