Ana Navarro: Sessions was ‘too racist to be a judge’ in the '80s

Ana Navarro: Sessions was ‘too racist to be a judge’ in the '80s
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A Republican consultant on Friday tore into President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE for choosing Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller CNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign MORE (R-Ala.) to be his attorney general.

Ana Navarro, a fierce critic of Trump throughout the campaign, said Sessions was "considered too racist to be a judge" in the 1980s.

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Trump on Friday tapped Sessions to be his attorney general. Sessions was the first senator to back Trump’s White House run.

President Ronald Reagan nominated Sessions to be a U.S. District Court judge in 1986. But after testimony that he called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union "un-American" and the Ku Klux Klan "OK, until [I] learned they smoked marijuana," his nomination was withdrawn.

Sessions has vehemently denied the claims, but Democrats are already pointing to the accusations as disqualifying.

Trump praised Sessions's “phenomenal record as Alabama’s Attorney General and U.S. attorney” after the two met in New York City on Wednesday.

Sessions needs majority support in the Senate to be confirmed. The GOP is expected to have 52 seats in the chamber after next month's Louisiana runoff election.