Trump’s cabinet picks have fallen under an extreme amount of scrutiny and criticism over the past few weeks, and understandably so with top picks among some of the most controversial. When it was announced that Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was his top choice for U.S. Attorney General, Democrats and Republicans alike were shocked. Sessions is a known racist who once said the KKK was just fine in his book — he even defended the Confederate Flag. To make matters worse, he also used his position as US Attorney of Alabama to prosecute black people for voting.
As if all of that isn’t bad enough, add to it the horrific things he’s said about disabled children, and we’ve got a real monster on our hands. Back in 2000, while giving a speech on the Senate floor about our education system, Sessions said that disabled children are “the single most irritating problem for teachers throughout America today,” and that’s not all he said.
We have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America. I say that very sincerely.
Teachers I have been talking to have shared stories with me. I have been in 15 schools around Alabama this year. I have talked to them about a lot of subjects. I ask them about this subject in every school I go to, and I am told in every school that this is a major problem for them. In fact, it may be the single most irritating problem for teachers throughout America today.”
His words are terrifying. What he is saying is that instead of creating more funding to follow the law and further equip schools to provide a better education for all students, including the disabled, Sessions instead wants to push for not educating the disabled at all — as if they are pariahs who shouldn’t be allowed in public schools.
Huffington Post reports:
Sessions’ comments about disabled students appear to be drawn from his own experience as Alabama’s attorney general. In the mid 1990s, Sessions fought school equality after a judge ruled on behalf of about 30 of the state’s poor school districts who sought reforms. The case continued to languish in the courts while disability advocates worried that the poorest school systems didn’t have enough to fund the bare essentials for special needs students, according to a New York Times account. The case ended in 1997 ― after Sessions won a senate seat.”
His newly appointed senate seat is what saved Alabama’s children, but what will happen to all of America’s children now that he will hold one of the most powerful seats in Trump’s government? It’s not looking good. Jeff Sessions might be worse than Donald Trump, and that’s terrifying!
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