Jeff Sessions is one of the few Republicans who isn’t running for president. But he would win the Laura Ingraham primary.
“As far as I can tell, Jeff Sessions was one of the few who actually asked meaningful questions. I, for one, appreciate an individual on the Senate Confirmation Committee who can actually ask a smart question and then offer a logically meaningful follow up rather than grandstanding on issues that don’t matter, or don’t affect us at all,” the radio host says.
Ingraham’s comments followed this week’s two days of hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General.
Ingraham didn’t pull any punches about that nomination.
Here’s my message to the Republicans on Capitol Hill and their staffs who are all listening: If Jeff Sessions doesn’t approve immigration plans, we don’t approve your immigration plans, and we’ll urge all of our listeners not to approve of your immigration plans. Yes, that means Jeff Sessions gives his seal of approval– that is the good housekeeping seal of approval– it’s the good immigration seal of approval. Because again, [Sessions] is one of the few on Capitol Hill who is actually speaking for the people– many whom are out of work, or working two or three jobs to make ends meet. A right to work regardless of how you arrived or your current status in the U.S. My friends that’s not a country, that’s an oligarchy.
Sen. Sessions announced Thursday he’ll vote against Lynch.
“I don’t see any need for Congress to confirm somebody to be the chief law enforcement officer of this nation who is at that table insisting that she intends to execute a policy that is contrary to law and to what Congress desires and what the American people desire,” Sessions said.
Lynch stumbled on Wednesday when Sessions asked her whether illegal immigrants ought to have the same right to work that native-born Americans do. “Senator, I believe the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here,” Lynch, a U.S. Attorney in New York state, answered.
Ingraham says that’s ridiculous.
“Regardless of your status here, regardless of how you came here you, according to Loretta Lynch, have a right to work. Well, that contravenes current law, federal law—that you do not have the right to work. Employers do not have the right to hire you and, in fact, employers that hire you knowing that you’re not from the United States are violating the law,” she pointed out on the air.
Lynch would need to pick up just three Republican votes for her nomination to get out of committee and go to the full Senate.