Jeff Sessions

Liberals subscribing to the philosophy of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” may want to rethink that when it comes to Jeff Sessions.

Sessions was praised by liberal “resistance” accounts on Wednesday, after President Trump attacked him, saying, “I don’t have an Attorney General.” Some called him “the people’s Attorney General,” and others seemingly praised him, saying, “he works for us!”

“Thank you Jeff Sessions,” tweeted @BlueWaveUSA2018. “USA has your back.”

“Trump, you have an excellent Attorney General he just refuses to kiss your ass,” wrote Twitter user @bbobllison in response to a tweet by popular liberal account @stonecold2050.

Of course, the fact that Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation early on is likely one of the biggest contributors to President Trump lamenting his appointment of the former Alabama senator. And since Sessions was involved in some of the campaign activities currently under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, recusing himself was a decision any responsible Attorney General would have made.

However, liberals may want to hold off on their praise of Sessions, given his latest comments about the crime rate in Chicago.

On Wednesday, Sessions gave the keynote speech at the Valor Survive and Thrive Conference in Waukegan, Illinois — a northern suburb of Chicago. During his speech, Sessions baselessly blamed the homicide rate in Chicago on civil rights activists, without citing any evidence.

“[I]f you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and groups who do not know the reality of policing,” Sessions said. “If you want public safety, then listen to the police professionals who have been intensely studying this for decades.”

Rather than blame civil rights groups for violent crime, Sessions should instead look to poverty if he’s truly interested in reducing Chicago’s homicide rate. In a 2017 article for the Chicago Tribune, columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote that “the subject of poverty needs to be front and center” if elected officials are serious about addressing the ongoing violence in low-income neighborhoods. Citing a report by the Heartland Alliance — a Chicago-based nonprofit — Glanton wrote that, more often than not, poverty is directly connected to violent crime:

It’s conceivable how someone in Illinois earning less than $6,041 a year — the federal threshold for a single person in extreme poverty — might see selling drugs as a more viable option. I’m not saying they are right, but it certainly could be tempting.

Whether a young man decides to sell drugs or not, the lack of money in his pocket certainly can lead to anger, anxiety, frustration, hopelessness and desperation. Those are the things that often cause young men to pull out a gun and shoot somebody.

This isn’t the first time President Trump’s embattled Attorney General has suggested that black-led civil rights groups are responsible for violent crime. As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions was overseeing the Department of Justice at the same time the DOJ was circulating a memo about “Black Identity Extremists.” Earlier this year, two civil rights groups sued Sessions’ DOJ demanding the release of a document known as the “race paper,” which purportedly suggests that federal law enforcement agencies are engaging in blatant racial profiling.

 

Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at nickjewell@yahoo.com. 

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