Well, it's official: In a 52-47 vote, the United States Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as attorney general. To recap, Jeff Sessions was once deemed "too racist" to become a federal judge, he's known for his opposition to legalizing weed, and last night, it was during his confirmation hearing that Senator Elizabeth Warren was cut off while reading a letter by Coretta Scott King, though in this case, it was Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being rude on Sessions's behalf.
Washington Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell voted against Sessions' confirmation, according to reports from the New York Times. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III was the only democratic senator to vote "yes" at the confirmation hearing.
In a statement sent out yesterday, Murray said she had "serious concerns about [Sessions'] commitment to standing up for the right of everyone in this country to be treated equally under the law." But here we are.
Because I feel too dead inside to have a "hot take" on this development, here is how Twitter responded:
Jeff Sessions is a threat to equity, fairness, & justice. This will be a long 4 years.
— deray mckesson (@deray) February 9, 2017
US Senate, 1986: Jeff Sessions is unfit to be a US judge
US Senate, 2017: US Attorney General is fine we guess
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) February 9, 2017
The confirmation of Senator Sessions is outrageous and appalling. Senate Republicans betrayed the cause of justice & civil rights tonight.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 9, 2017
Congratulations to America's new Attorney General, Hitler Q. Racism
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) February 9, 2017
It doesn't matter if Jeff Sessions shakes your hand and pats your back if he's going to suppress your right to vote.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) February 8, 2017