Donald Trump has selected Jeff Sessions, a man dogged by historic allegations of racism, for America's top legal post, a move which will only deepen the popular suspicion surrounding his impending ascent to the White House.
Sessions, a long-time Trump supporter and member of his transition team, has been given the role of Attorney-General by the president-elect, marking the apex of a long judicial career which has been scarred by controversy.
When Sessions was nominated for a Federal judgeship, J. Gerald Herbert, at the time working for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights division, told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that he was “not a very sensitive person when it comes to race relations.”
His history would certainly apear to make this remark accurate. Sessions was rejected as a Federal judge in 1986 over allegations that he once described the civil rights movement as "un-American."
He has also criticised civil rights activists for trying to register black people for votes, saying many of them were trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people.”
Sessions is also alleged to have called a black attorney "boy" and described a white lawyer working for black clients as a race traitor.
Perhaps the most egregious allegation suggests Sessions only disapproved of the Ku Klux Klan after he “found out some of them were "pot smokers."
Sessions has refused to comment on the racism allegations in the past. However records clearly demonstrate that he has opposed nearly all of the immigration bills to be presented to the Senate over the last 20 years - including one that mapped out a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the country.
As an early Trump supporter, Sessions backed the then-candidate's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. In turn, the new president-elect has opted to go with many of Sessions' ideas, like slowing legal immigration, challenging the 14th Amendent's guarantee of citizenship as a birthright, and cancelling funding to sanctuary cities.
In case anyone has forgotten, the president-elect has pledged to build a wall between the US and Mexico, evict 3 million illegal immigrants from the US and even ban Muslims from entering his country. In Sessions, critics will suggest he has found the ideal right-hand man.