Oh, look, everyone, Alyssa Milano has a new cause.

Never mind what else Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in his address to the National Sheriffs Association winter meeting because the press had already decided how this one’s going to play out by picking out the quote it knows will stir up the hornets’ nest.

CNN, Newsweek, Politico and other outlets already have posted pieces about Sessions calling the sheriff’s office “a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.”

Well, that would include Tariq Nasheed, so yes, laughing would be the appropriate response.

Can we pause for a moment to give some credit to CNN, which actually explained in its piece that “the concept of the office of sheriff — being an independent, elected law enforcement entity — originates in Anglo-Saxon England.” In other words, the heritage of the sheriff’s office very literally is Anglo-American … not “white.”

Hey, Google it:

“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. The sheriff is unique to that shared legal heritage. Before reporters sloppily imply nefarious meaning behind the term, we would suggest that they read any number of the Supreme Court opinions that use the term. Or they could simply put ‘Anglo-American law’ into Google,” [DOJ spokesman Ian] Prior said.

But by all means, let’s go with the “full white supremacist” angle.

OK, settle down everyone.


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