January 11, 2017
NAACP President Cornell Brooks refused to say whether he thought any Republican could make a good attorney general when asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham detailed the NAACP’s report cards giving Democrats perfect scores and flunking Republicans during Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings for attorney general. Graham then pressed Brooks to identify whether any Republican would be suitable to lead the Justice Department.
“Can you name one person you think would be a good attorney general on the Republican side?” Graham asked.
“Senator, my purpose here, as you well know, as a witness is to speak to the nominee’s fitness to serve as attorney general,” Brooks answered.
Graham said he thought it was “odd” how the nation’s oldest civil rights organization viewed the Democrat Party much more favorably than the GOP before noting that Brooks’ view of Sessions was matched by the NAACP’s view of the Republican Party.
“All of us are in Jeff Sessions’ boat when it comes to your organization,” Graham said to Brooks. “Maybe we’re all wrong and maybe you’re all right. I doubt if it’s that way.”