Race-baiter Al Sharpton has promised a “season of civil disobedience” in response to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general by President-Elect Donald Trump.
Not that the Rev. Al was looking for an excuse to get people all riled up, but Sharpton, who has a show on MSNBC that roughly six people watch, said there are already plans for a march on Jan. 14, during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in protest.
He said at a conference that “civil disobedience” usually works because it actually changes policy. He recalled spending 90 days in jail in 2001 protesting the military exercises on the island of Vieques.
“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 such as Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, PJMedia is reporting.
Sharpton said that activists plan to visit senators’ offices and “make them understand” they will be held accountable if they vote in favor of Sessions, whose confirmation hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Make them 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. This is not going to be some regular ceremonial procedure that they’re going to be able to bluff their way through,” he said.
“We intend to make this a critical stand in terms of where people are with civil rights and voting rights in this country. No one will be given a pass to say ‘I had to vote for my colleague.’ This is an affront to everything the civil rights and voting rights community has stood for historically and a vote for Sessions should be held accountable and punishable by the voters,” he added.
Sharpton said that Sessions had a poor record on issues such as civil rights, immigrant rights and LGBT rights.
“Clearly members of the Senate, both Republican and Democrat, particularly moderate Republicans, need to know that the nation is going to be watching not only the hearings but the vote, which will be sometime later,” he added.