Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., suggested that Republicans “should be more sensitive” towards U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch because of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the events in Selma, Alabama.
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“I would think, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Selma, that Republicans should be more sensitive about what they’re doing to this woman,” the Illinois Senator said.
The Washington Times reported Tuesday that Lynch faces a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday and a vote by the full Senate next month. Still, Durbin accused Republicans of delaying her nomination.
“She is an African-American woman who has been nominated for the highest law enforcement position in the history of the United States,” Durbin told NBC News reporter Frank Thorp.
She’s being held up for no substantive reason. That’s not an implication. That’s a statement. You can’t celebrate civil rights and ignore the reality that one of the most important civil rights milestones, the appointment of an African-American attorney general, is being held up for no good reason.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., rebuffed Durbin’s assertion. “I think the vote for the attorney general is a vote for the attorney general,” the senator told Bloomberg Tuesday. Scott is one of only two African-Americans serving in the Senate, along with Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey
One beautiful thing that history has taught us is that we want to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. So for this to somehow be a racial conversation seems to be wrong — this is a conversation about competence, and qualifications.
This is a question about who’s best to serve our country. Whether that’s in May or Christmas time, it’s important for us to move forward and do the right thing.
h/t: Hot Air
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