Sharpton Promises ‘Season Of Civil Disobedience’ Regarding Trump Administration
On Tuesday, Rev. Al Sharpton vowed a “season of civil disobedience” as President-elect Donald Trump administration prepares for his inauguration this month, a report from Western Journalism said.
Sharpton said he will focus to stop the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general.
“We’re not just doing this to be doing it. We do it because it can lead to change and, believe me, there will be a season of civil disobedience particularly around the Sessions nomination,” he said Friday on a conference call with other civil rights organizations’ leaders, including Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, according to PJ Media.
Sharpton expressed hopes that they “understand that if they think they are voting based on some courtesy of a Senate colleague and will not face a real backlash in their own states, then they have another thing coming.”
A march in Washington, D.C., will be held this weekend before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The march will take place Jan. 14 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
In a speech in November at his National Action Network in Harlem, Sharpton excoriated Trump’s picks of campaign CEO Steve Bannon to be part of his White House staff and Sessions to be his attorney general.
“The appointment of Bannon, who ran the Breitbart, and the appointment of this man to be attorney general, Mr. Sessions, shows that there is a clear path to the far-right and the suspension of rights,” Sharpton warned. “Whatever trick you playing, we’re going to fight every step of the way.”
“We cannot sit by and allow what we have built under [Attorneys General Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch to just end without a fight,” he said. “I might not win every fight, but you gonna know you was in a fight if you mess with me.”
Meawhile, William Smith, the first African-American chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee has defended of former boss against allegations of racism.
“The people who are making these allegations don’t know Jeff Sessions,” Smith said during an interview on Fox and Friends in November.
Jeff #Sessions marching w/ civil rights icon John Lewis for Selma anniversary, because "he's a racist"
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“If you look at these allegations from 1986, they come from a witness who has been really discredited over time,” he said. “If you look at 1996, if you look at 2006, if you look at 2016, no allegations against Jeff Sessions. These people are just bringing up false rumors just because they don’t like the policies Jeff Sessions is going to bring.”