Spicer: Dems should be held ‘accountable’ for Sessions protests

Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Democrats must answer for protesters disrupting confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE’s Cabinet nominees.

Spicer's remarks follow demonstrators repeatedly interrupting proceedings for Trump's attorney general pick Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment McCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors MORE (R-Ala.) on Tuesday.

"I think Democrats should be held accountable and asked, 'Do you think this is appropriate for left-wing groups to come in and interrupt a hearing?'" Spicer said on Fox News’s “Outnumbered.”


"I think the Democrats should be asked, ‘Are you going to denounce the tactics of Code Pink at a hearing like this?' ” continued Spicer, who is currently communications director for the Republican National Committee (RNC).

"They need to be held accountable for the tactics on the left the same way we’re apparently held accountable for the tactics of people who have a right-leaning thought."

Spicer added critics are distorting Sessions’s deep history of defending minorities and their rights.

"Sessions has a 30-year record of working hard for all Americans, including African-Americans,” he said of the Alabama senator.

"[Sessions] led the effort to give Alabama native Rosa Parks the Congressional Gold Medal," Spicer added. "He was a leader in the fight to restore the Voting Rights Act for 30 years."

"This is a guy who, in word and deed over the last 30 years, has shown his commitment to civil rights [and] race relations."

Two protesters dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan intruded upon Sessions’s confirmation hearing earlier Tuesday. The demonstrators chanted slogans like “protect the whites” at the lawmaker.

Sessions has emerged as one of Trump’s most polarizing choices for a Cabinet position. Critics have pounced on Sessions’s scuttled federal judgeship in 1986 as proof he is unfit for the role of attorney general.

Sessions’s judgeship was withdrawn after he allegedly made racially insensitive comments, charges the lawmaker has fiercely denied.

Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’s spokeswoman, told The Hill last week the accusations are a “smear campaign” aimed at undermining his confirmation.