Protesters in white hoods and robes, dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, disrupted a Senate committee hearing on Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general.
Just after Sessions took the podium Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill, the hooded figures stood up, mocking the Alabama senator and shouting, “Go, Jeffieboy!” and “You can’t arrest me, I’m white!” as police intervened, according to video TMZ obtained.
Sessions, not featured in the clip, patiently waited for the chaos to settle before continuing his address to Senate members.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for top lawyer in the country has a tangled history with the KKK and race relations.
In the 1980s, it was revealed that Sessions, then a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, had said he thought thewhite supremacy group was “OK”— until he learned some of its members smoked marijuana. He also allegedly referred to the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as “un-American” and “Communist inspired.”