Democrats are ripping Attorney General Jeff Sessions for making a reference to the “Anglo-American legal tradition.”
On Monday Sessions was speaking to a conference at the National Sheriffs’ Association when he said: “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.”
Not long after he said those words the media and politicians pounced:
"The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo American heritage of law enforcement," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said to law enforcement officials in Washington. "We must never erode this historic office." pic.twitter.com/H2pBEsbkEQ
— POLITICO (@politico) February 12, 2018
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Then the ACLU jumped in…
Yes, our Attorney General just said this. Out loud. https://t.co/ldXCgCYarx
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 12, 2018
Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii:
Do you know anyone who says “Anglo-American heritage” in a sentence? What could possibly be the purpose of saying that other than to pit Americans against each other? For the chief law enforcement officer to use a dog whistle like that is appalling. Best NO vote I ever cast.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 12, 2018
Then political commentator Tariq Nasheed made a jab…
Jeff Sessions did a speech and said "the office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement." He wanted to go on record with the ANGLO-AMERICAN description. He went full white supremacy, and every Black and non-white sheriff should be insulted pic.twitter.com/F0PYS5j7es
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 12, 2018
However, Charles Cooke from National Review pointed out that one time Senator Obama said the same thing:
Here’s then-Senator Obama using the term “Anglo-American” as correctly and appropriately as Sessions did, in a speech from 2006. We must not consent to lose our language at the behest of the historically illiterate. https://t.co/Oc6JCM9GRY pic.twitter.com/EDx1TSfRrm
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 12, 2018