Fox's Steve Doocy Excuses Jeff Sessions' Alleged Racist Remarks As “That 20-Year-Old Joke”

From the January 9 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): One other topic we wanted both of you to weigh in on, and that is Al Sharpton is promising a season of civil disobedience in response to Jeff Sessions' nomination for the attorney general. Brian, do you think that's a good idea?

BRIAN BENJAMIN: I think, in the case of Jeff Sessions, there are a lot of concerns. If you look at the --

DOOCY: Like what?

BENJAMIN: Well, let's look at what he said in the --

DOOCY: That 20-year-old joke?

BENJAMIN: That's not a joke. Him saying that the Ku Klux Klan is OK is not a joke. That's a serious issue.

DOOCY: Well, when you look at the context --

BENJAMIN: Well, what context? He needs to come and explain that. The bottom line is that Jeff Sessions is not some easy attorney general pick. I mean, a Republican [Senate] Judiciary Committee in the '80s turned him down for a federal judgeship. So clearly, he is someone who does not have a squeaky clean record when it comes to being someone who is for civil rights for all Americans. Accepting the Ku Klux Klan is not the kind of attorney general I'm looking for.


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