Sen. Jeff Sessions’ first confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General was repeatedly interrupted early on by protesters.
Two men mockingly wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes and pointed hats stood on chairs in the Senate hearing room Tuesday morning and claimed they were the Alabama Republican’s number one fans.
Man dressed as Klansman at Sen. Sessions hearing on Cap. Hill heard saying, “You can’t arrest me I’m white. White ppl don’t get arrested.” pic.twitter.com/pAmWWEKJVE
— ABC7News (@ABC7News) January 10, 2017
“Jefferson Beauregard, you speak for the people!” one of the men yelled at the AG nominee, addressing him by his first and middle name.
A few men chanted “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!” and yelled about racism before being escorted away by police.
“No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA” chants
— Marc Perrone (@Marc_Perrone) January 10, 2017
“You can’t arrest me, I’m white,” said one man as he was led away. “White people don’t get arrested. I’m a white man!”
— CNN (@CNN) January 10, 2017
Protestors disrupt Sessions’ hearing, one protester shouting “In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!”
— A Once Great Nation (@USARedOrchestra) January 10, 2017
Moments later, a woman wearing a pink coat was removed from the room and began shouting as she was led away.
“Why am I being taken out of here?” she yelled.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 10, 2017
Medea Benjamin, founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, took credit for the protesting men on Twitter.
— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) January 10, 2017
More Code Pink protesters were escorted out of the hearing after holding a sign that read “Support Civil Rights Stop Sessions” and shouting that Sessions was a “white supremacist.”
Protester casually reading “The New Jim Crow” ahead of Sessions’ confirmation hearing pic.twitter.com/KaUlqq9fLd
— Liz Goodwin (@lizcgoodwin) January 10, 2017
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 10, 2017
Activists for legalizing marijuana were also on location, arriving at the committee room at 4:20 a.m. wearing red shirts printed with “Great Americans Smoke Sessions,” according to The Blaze.
Reactions to the protests were mixed on Twitter as some applauded the efforts while others condemned the actions of those who were being disrespectful.
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Why would they allow protesters in the Confirmation Hearing of Senator Sessions? 😠
— Robyn (@reweitl) January 10, 2017
To the protesters of Sen.Jeff Sessions Hearing screaming “No KKK”. Go catch up on your History of Democratic party,forming the KKK.1/10/17
— Trump Blogger (@TheTrumpBlogger) January 10, 2017
— TrumpAllHaters🇺🇸 (@realestrickyro) January 10, 2017
— Donna Gerringer (@the1hippiechick) January 10, 2017
THANK YOU to protesters who disrupted Sessions hearing. But I wish they’d ditched KKK costumes- both trivializing & triggering #StopSessions
— Liza Behrendt (@lizaveta9) January 10, 2017
— Friendlyrant (@friendlyrant) January 10, 2017
— Pam Carlson (@PamCarlson3) January 10, 2017
— Pat Holzer (@PatHolzer) January 10, 2017
— Char Bafalis (@charzdesigns) January 10, 2017
@CNN Those people should have a job and be working instead of disrespecting the congress session.
— Shirley Shellem (@SShellem) January 10, 2017