Just recently, United States Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions, who’s an unapologetic supporter of law enforcement officers, angered countless liberals by pointing out that sheriffs are a “critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” This is because, according to many on the left, saying this supposedly makes him an “outright racist.”
Specifically, while speaking to members of the National Sheriffs Association (NSA), Sessions stated, “I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process. The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.”
Shortly after hearing the attorney general’s comments, Newsom went online and tweeted a video of his comment along with a furious caption stating, “reminder that our Attorney General is an outright racist who wants us all to acknowledge ‘Anglo-American heritage.’”
Reminder that our Attorney General is an outright racist who wants us all to acknowledge "Anglo-American heritage." pic.twitter.com/5YL2iIl2Mv
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 13, 2018
In addition to Newsom, Sessions was also attacked on Twitter by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). “Do you know anyone who says “Anglo-American heritage” in a sentence?” began Schatz in a tweet.
“What could possibly be the purpose of saying that other than to pit Americans against each other? For the chief law enforcement officer to use a dog whistle like that is appalling. Best NO vote I ever cast,” he rambled.
Do you know anyone who says “Anglo-American heritage” in a sentence? What could possibly be the purpose of saying that other than to pit Americans against each other? For the chief law enforcement officer to use a dog whistle like that is appalling. Best NO vote I ever cast.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 12, 2018
“When the Attorney General of the United States praises our ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,’ we know that white supremacy is so deeply entrenched in our justice system. This is why we take the knee. To fight white supremacy,” added surgeon-scientist and anti-Trump healthcare columnist Eugene Gu, who was also angered by his word choice, in a tweet of his own.
Others, unfortunately, were much more blunt with their criticism. Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman, for instance, tweeted, “he’s a racist c*** (no offense to c****).”
All of this outrage, though, is incredibly misguided. This is because, in the legal community, “Anglo-American legal tradition” is simply a synonym for “common law.” It’s also a phrased used numerous times in the Supreme Court.
“As most law students learn in the first week of their first year, Anglo-American law — also known as the common law — is a shared legal heritage between England and America. The sheriff is unique to that shared legal heritage,” explained Prior while speaking to reporters, explained Department of Justice spokesman Ian Prior while speaking to reporters about the subject.
“Before reporters sloppily imply nefarious meaning behind the term, we would suggest that they read any number of the Supreme Court opinions that use the term,” he continued, adding, “or they could simply put ‘Anglo-American law’ into Google.”
To further highlight the absurdity of the left’s attack on Sessions for saying “Anglo-American,” Breitbart’s Ian Mason pointed out that the word has been used by liberals without consequence.
“President Barack Obama’s own Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer used the same phrase in 2016. Even then-Senator Barack Obama did in 2006,” wrote Mason in an article about the controversy,” noting, “no major news outlet found either usage remarkable enough to warrant a headline.”
Sadly, Sessions isn’t the only government official to recently be attacked by liberals. During a recent episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” for instance, liberal host and comedian Bill Maher viciously attacked Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He did so by calling him an “eco-terrorist.”
Specifically, while speaking about the first government shutdown, he stated, “the government shutdown is underway anyway, all the time since Trump took office.”
To clarify, he added, “I was looking at some of these statistics, not filled more than 600 vital jobs in the executive branch. The State Department, they cut by 8%…Four of the top jobs in…the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You know how much money they asked to fund that this year? Zero. They asked for zero, and, you know, an eco-terrorist head of the EPA, that kind of a thing. This is a government shutdown in motion.”
Later in the episode, Maher also essentially bashed every single patriot at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, all of whom put their lives at risk every single day to ensure that others are safe.
“I mean, Trump may not be Hitler, but ICE is the Gestapo, and they’re acting like it,” he declared.
By saying this, Maher is basically claiming that the agents tasked with removing dangerous criminals who entered our country illegally are the same as the literal Nazis who rounded up legal citizens and sent them to concentration camps simply because of their religion or political belief. Not only is this absolutely absurd, it’s also utterly reprehensible as it unfairly targets countless hardworking Americans who’ve done nothing wrong.
Much like with the attack on Sessions, however, the claims about Pruitt and ICE are also without merit. Unfortunately, though, for many on the left, this doesn’t matter as their anger is strictly partisan and not necessarily bound to reality.