In a speech praising American police, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “the office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” The NAACP has accused Sessions of racism; lawyers point out it’s another term for common law and refers to shared legal roots with Anglo-Saxon England.
John McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has been conspicuously missing from Senate debates on immigration. The absence of the Arizona Senator, who was behind two previous reform attempts to legalize some undocumented immigrants, could hurt the chances of a Dreamers deal passage.
Following a public endorsement of Roy Moore by President Trump, outgoing Republican senator Jeff Flake wrote a check to his democratic opponent. Eight women have accused Moore of pursing them romantically when they were in their teens and he his 30s.
Rep. Senator Tom Cotton disagreed with Dem. Senator Dick Durbin’s account of President Trump calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries” in an immigration meeting. Trump has denied Durbin’s accusation and said he is “not a racist.”
In an interview with CNN, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for President Trump to resign, demanding Congress investigate multiple allegations of sexual assault. Trump replied by tweeting that Gillibrand’s “a total flunky;” she called him a “bully.”
President Jackson’s portrait was prominently featured at a White House event honoring Native Americans; he’s known for an act resulting in thousands of Native American deaths. Trump also called Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” considered by some a racial slur.