Jeff Sessions Hails “Anglo-American” Sheriffs [VIDEO]

Talking Points Memo reports:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday praised the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” in a speech to the National Sheriffs’ Association. “The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” Sessions said. “We must never erode this historic office.”

Sessions’ phrasing deviated from his prepared remarks as published by the Justice Department, where the line was “The Sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage.” The word “heritage” is a loaded term often used by neo-Confederates and white supremacists to defend the public display of Confederate flags and statues.

  • Mike C

    I sure hope Sheriff Cosplay doesn’t feel left out.

    • Rambie

      He’s the token black Sheriff

  • Ninja0980

    Nice dog whistle there Sessions.

    • Ryan

      That’s not a dog whistle. He’s flat out saying our heritage is white.

  • Rocco


  • Boreal
    • Todd20036

      what worthless excuse of a human

      • prixator

        But, he fits right in to the “Trump” administration!

  • BartmanLA

    Holy moley, all he needs is his white sheet to complete his ensemble.

    • Stogiebear

      Luckily the Presidents’ Day Sales are going on right now!

      • Prost Seattle

        Hell, if Sessions’ family owned a department store, they’d probably advertise their White Sale during MLK weekend.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    He’s right. Us injuns were lawless and uncivilized. Thank god for white people

  • Silver Badger

    My goodness. Who ever thought the current administration would make one ashamed to be born white. As if any of us had any say in the matter.

    • Todd20036

      Not particularly proud of my skin tone these days
      Not particularly proud of being a US citizen, either.

      • #DJTK5F

        Oh shut the fuck up the both of you. You know you got the better end of the deal, by far. Probably white MALES too, for fuck’s sake.

        White Guilt is such a pathetic ‘cop’-out.

      • JCF

        I’ve NEVER felt proud, OR ashamed, of my skin color/ethnic background (I had nothing to do w/ it). But my nationality (the nation I belong to in 2018) and white privilege, however…

  • Uncle Mark

    Clearly, Mr KKKeebler Cracker forgot about America’s most successful & famous sheriff !! (We desperately need him again, now !!)

  • Rex

    No need to hide it anymore. It’s pretty much out there anyway.

  • gaycuckhubby

    That aint a dog whistle. that’s a full-throated Howl

    • Todd20036

      They don’t have to be subtle anymore. The GOP is the party of older, white, ignorant, bigoted men

      • gaycuckhubby

        It’s expected of them now. They don’t have to hide it. You’re completely right

    • Ranger One

      Can a little troll under a bridge howl? Give me some of that.

  • Mark

    Not even hiding their pure racism any more, are they?

    • William

      Just wait until he turns up in full Klan regalia.

      • David Walker

        That’s at tonight’s social, followed by the traditional kross burning.

      • JCF

        God help us if there’s a second inaugural…

    • skyweaver

      Yeah they’re not even trying

  • He’s a pissant Small White Man from a pissant state run by Small White Men who are afeered of non-small, non-white people.

  • AJA

    Jeff Sessions is a racist. Say those words. Feel them come out.

    And then once you’re done being sick, commit to doing everything you can to kick him and his somehow-even-more-racist boss out of office.

    • orion dumptee

      boy you hit THAT right….horrendous insult ,and MORE SO his arrogant attitude..its CLEAR he feels totally ‘protected’ by current admin,to act out the hatred….

  • Cackalaquiano

    Why would you even say this?? There is no non-racist explanation.

    • BobSF_94117

      Maybe he’s angling for an invitation to Harry’s wedding?

    • Adam

      I hate Sessions, whom is OBVIOUSLY a massive racist, Trump, the whole shebang & admin, but I’m almost certain it’s a reference to our inheritance of British common law. Our legal system is Anglo in origin, and obviously American.

      • Cackalaquiano

        I get that and considered that at first too. But this is 2018 – we have a long enough tradition of our own to highlight, why would such a gung ho patriot point to Anglo heritage?
        Nope. He’s not getting a pass from me on this one (though I appreciate your intent to not make a mountain out of a molehill here).

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Why would anyone vote for Trump?? There is no non-racist explanation.

  • sacrob

    Our deeply flawed criminal justice system indeed has its roots in English law — Anglo-American in this context, I believe, means English-and-American, not white — but yes, that was a stunningly awful choice of words from the Nazi elf.

    • The_Wretched

      There you are! The completely expected low post count apologist for this racist keebler cracker.

      • CJAS

        The origins of policing, and its of and prolifiration, in the US is tied directly to slavery.

        • BobSF_94117

          What nonsense.

    • Gianni

      Agreed. It just comes off sounding bad. That’s a condition of current times.

    • CJAS

      I agree that’s what he meant. It’s still a dog whistle.

    • clay

      In the native, and native/Hispanic West, “Anglo” very much means “white”.

      Our deeply flawed criminal justice system has its roots in “British Common Law”, which is what everybody but Jefferson [Davis General] Beauregard Secessions III calls it.

      • sacrob

        Yes, I was born and raised in Arizona and now live in California. Personally, I find the use of “Anglo” to mean “white” to range from outdated to pejorative, akin to “gringo.”

  • bkmn

    Are you paying attention Sheriff Clarke?

    • Frostbite

      ex-Sheriff Clark.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Sure, they are a critical part of preventing poaching.

  • William

    Freudian slip or onset of symptoms?

  • Gianni

    His statement sounds somewhat racist but it really isn’t. The message I get is that as he is referring to the office of sheriff being an important part of our Anglo-American law enforcement, he is talking about the fact that our system of laws and jurisprudence is based directly on the British system which we inherited as a country and continued when we gained our independence from England. Much as I don’t like Jefferson Sessions, he isn’t wrong in stating this.

    • Randy Ellicott

      True, however someone with a past that is littered with racist and white-supremacists issues should probably try and not to use a loaded term… unless he was really trying to express those issues… Given the context of Sessions being a racist, it just doesn’t sound right, but they have cover on this one for the reasons you stated.

      • Gianni

        Agreed. He should have used British-American or English-American. My point was just that he wasn’t wrong in his terminology.

        • Randy Ellicott

          He could have used the term that is currently in use, Common Law.

        • clay

          -or- he should have called it what everybody else does– British Common Law.

    • CJAS

      He’s not wrong. It’s still a dog whistle.

      • Gianni

        It’s only a dog-whistle if you choose to interpret it that way. I don’t like the guy, but I’m not going to read into it what isn’t there.

        • CJAS

          It’s a dog whistle if they, his intended audience heard it, not if we did.

          We can agree to disagree.

          • Gianni

            I was speaking of ‘you’ as in the general audience. Sorry, didn’t mean it to point directly to you.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    To be fair, his remarks sounded better in the original German.

  • Uncle Mark

    Way to shit on former Sheriff “Bennigans” Clarke.
    Sorry, kiddo, those racist crackers were never gonna really let you play with them…no matter what they made you say or do

    • carrot festival

      But my shiny metals…I have so many too!

      • The_Wretched

        I’ll take a fajita platter with chicken. Could I also order an alcoholic drink that’s blue?

        • Bambino

          He is not too bright. You have to point at the menu he is wearing.

      • Christian1234567

        including a rainbow one

    • David Walker

      OK. That’s just pathetic.

    • If that was all he did it wouldn’t be a problem.

    • Bambino

      Someone made up his own bullet proof vest.

    • Lizard

      Lol, had to do a double-take.

    • RemusL
    • mikemmiv

      The rainbow pin though.

      • Uncle Mark

        He received that pin from his favorite leather bar after imitating two of the Village People at the same time

        • mikemmiv

          Some of them look like refrigerator magnets… CHILL?

      • RemusL

        I believe there has been some creative editing done to the original photo. lol

        • mikemmiv

          Thanks. LOL

    • JaniceInToronto

      Wow. A general in charge of medals!!!

      Personally, I’m impressed…


    • orion dumptee

      this is so true..those southern crackers think his father was on the -cream of wheat- box

    • tomfromthenews

      Nice flair, Sheriff.

    • Octoberfurst

      Gee I wonder where he bought all those shiny medals?

    • anne marie in philly

      I don’t think he has enough flair…what do you think?

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        I noticed the same thing!

  • Gene Perry

    Yep, that Great Anglo-American GOP sheriff David Alexander Clarke Jr.

  • HZ81

    Resign now, Goebbels the Elf.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    “Anglo-American” is a new code word among Alt Right racist/ white supremacists. My Cousin, who is a big time Drumpf supporter, started up some kind of company with Anglo-American, in the name, to do God knows what.

    • David L. Caster

      To hold properly in a trust where militiamen train?

    • Statistics Palin

      The Anglo-American Corporation? Aren’t they a diamond cartel?

      • VodkaAndPolitics

        It’s some nonsense similar to, but not exactly that. To be honest, I tune him out most of the time.

  • AtticusP

    Q. What’s the difference between Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and a steaming mountain of horse shit?

    A. The size.

    • Usefulness, one can help grow crops.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      One is completely normal. The other is Jeff Sessions.

  • Miji

    I’m slightly torn on this one, being that Jeffy can be totally clueless, especially when it comes to optics. Could be a dog whistle. Or as he did not describe the sheriffs as Anglo-American, but our heritage of law enforcement, he could just be referring to our American legal system which is based in English law. I’m not trying to give anyone an out. He’s still a racist little shit.

    • The_Wretched

      “I’m not trying to give anyone an out”

      But you did anyway.

      • Miji

        Don’t worry. I’m not joining any Jeff Sessions fan clubs.

    • SoCalGal20

      You gave him an out.

      This has racist megaphone all over it. “Heritage” is code used to refer to WHITE HERITAGE. And he said Anglo-American sherrifs because flat out saying we need to preserve WHITE sherrif’s place in law enforcement is too obvious even for Sessions. He’s a bigot, end of story.

      • Miji

        Absolutely, when shits like him talk of “heritage” its often all about their opining for the days when only whites had any power and were free to be as openly racist as they wanted. These people do and say a dozen racist, sexist, and otherwise fucked up things everyday that we need to push back against. All I’m saying, is don’t be stupid and put words into their mouths that they didn’t actually say. It just undercuts our argument.

    • edrex

      i think in this case, it’s fine to not offer any benefit of the doubt.

      • Miji

        It was not intended to give him the benefit of anything. It was more an attempt to say FOCUS PEOPLE on the important and truely f’ed up stuff that this administration is doing every day and to not do the Fox News thing of becoming outraged over something that was never said.
        Is he a racist? Yes
        Is his way of talking about our legal system antiquated? Yes
        Did he use the term Anglo-American to describe the sheriffs? No
        There are plenty of other reasons to hate and fight back against this jackass.

    • clay

      Our law enforcement heritage is not Anglo-American. He doesn’t have to come up with a new term when there’s a clearly known one (in legal circles), already. It’s called “British Common Law” and it still excludes Louisiana, Alaska, and large tracts of the West.

      • Miji

        Clay, I have no expertise either in law or criminal justice, but yes, I know that that Common Law is referenced in the US is as British or English. However I don’t think that the reference was specifically to common law, but to our legal system in general. Though not a common usage, it’s not unheard of to find Anglo-American used to describe common law, or our legal or judicial system, mostly in older sources from what I found on Google. Yes, I think it’s the kind of thing, an old racist guy that specifically clings to his European heritage would say most, but when applied to our legal system, it’s not really inaccurate. Our American legal system is definitely rooted in English law. As I pointed out, he did not apply it to the sheriffs he supported. I think Joe’s title does him(Joe) a disservice. If he had actually specifically praised Anglo-American sheriffs, that would totally be a WTF? comment. There are so many things to be alarmed about. This specific phrase is not one in my mind. It’s like we’re a bunch of bots being triggered by key words and totally lacking reading comprehension.

        • clay

          Except– there are regions of the US where “Anglo-American heritage” is not accurate. He is a not only racist, he only recognizes one heritage, one system.

  • Karl Dubhe

    That’s one way to prejudice every arrest by those “Anglo-American” sheriffs.

    Heck of a job, too bad the courts have a hell of a waiting list. Not to mention they’re staffed by more “Anglo-Americans”.

    Gives the appearance of being a Kangaroo Kourt for Kriminals…

  • Until recently, when someone said something that inflammatory, it caused a scandal. The Trump Administration is changing society’s landscape, though.

    Yes, some people will demand an apology, and some will insist Jeff Sessions resign. Neither will happen, though. We’re moving toward social tolerance of unspeakable behavior.

    Don’t count on civil rights movements, such as LGBT activism, Black Lives Matter or #MeToo, to last, unless we persist in refusing to allow our society to fall backward.

    • JWC

      American has been dumbded down to accept the atrocious as common place Let Obama have pulled off a minor trumpism and there would be Hell to pay

    • BobSF_94117

      Until recently, no one would think it was inflammatory.

      • No one? I question that. Maybe I’ve just been associating with the right people, but nearly everyone I know must be throwing a fit right now. They would have done the same thirty years ago.

        • edrex

          i’m inclined to agree that attentive people would have pushed back on this at least as far back as the 1980’s.

          • BobSF_94117

            He’s talking to the National Sheriff’s Association. He’s talking about their history. You really think that has to be racist?

          • edrex

            i was simply agreeing with ms. christie that reacting to a comment like that would have also occurred many years ago. i don’t think it’s a function of recent political correctness. i’ll make no assumptions abt the sheriff’s represented, but mr. sessions does have a bit of a racist problem, so it’ not that farfetched.

        • BobSF_94117

          Why? Are sheriffs inherently racist? Are black sheriffs racist, too? A lot of rural and semi-rural America lives under county law enforcement.

          • CJAS

            Have you a study that suggests that law enforcement in the
            US is not inherently racist (antiblack)? Because every study I’ve read found massive racial disparities, in every fascet of law enforcement, that cannot be explained by random occurrances.

          • BobSF_94117

            Historically, law enforcement in the U.S. has been very racist. But it’s not because of the structure of law enforcement.

            People really need to look up the meaning of “inherent”.

          • CJAS

            Not historically. Currently. Law enforcement is currently racist, in every fascet: stops, force, citations, criminal charges, sentencing, and parole.

            So, that’s a no. You don’t have a study that suggests that law enforcement in the US is not inherently racist (antiblack)?

          • BobSF_94117

            “Has been” = continuing up to the present and including the present

          • CJAS

            First word ‘historically’.

            So, that’s a no. You don’t have a study that suggests that law enforcement in the US is not inherently racist (antiblack)?

          • CJAS

            And yes, studies on law enforcement have found that black officers are racist (antiblack) too.

      • clay

        “No one” is not accurate.

        • BobSF_94117

          Few, then.

  • Mark McGovern

    There is a memorial to fallen Sheriffs outside the Sheriffs’ Offices in Ybor City Tampa. I was amazed to see a fallen African American Sheriff from the 1870’s who was assassinated while sitting on his veranda for his part in a previous arrest. I had no idea there would have been southern black law enforcement officers that early on.

    • BobSF_94117

      There were black settlements across the country. Sheriff is usually an elected position. No surprise they’d elect a black sheriff.

      • Mark McGovern

        Well, you are kinda right, but read on:

        “Soon after the Civil War, there was an explosion in the number of black voters (male only) and black elected officials. Nineteen blacks were elected to the 76-member Florida Legislature, and Josiah Walls, a former slave and Union soldier from Alachua County, became Florida’s first black member of Congress when he won election in 1870. He would be the only black member of Congress from Florida for the next 116 years.

        By 1876, Reconstruction was over, and Florida politicians would adopt many provisions to eliminate black voting. The Sunshine State would “legally” eliminate black votes without violating the 15th Amendment. Between laws passed by the Legislature and the adoption of the 1885 Constitution, almost every black vote was eliminated.

        Florida, like every one of the former Confederate states, adopted a white primary, grandfather clause, poll tax, literacy test, long residency requirements and other obstacles to black voters. It was a virtual fail-safe system. If one barrier failed, there would always be another to stop them from voting.”

        The guy I spoke of must have been elected prior to 1878. I’ll check it when I get back there this week.

        • BobSF_94117

          By the late 1800’s it was clear that the North no longer gave a crap about what nasty white southerners could do, so anywhere where blacks were a minority, they were fucked.

          But there were still majority-black areas and areas with large black populations where elected sheriffs were black or at least not total assholes. It would have been a lot worse if law enforcement had been federal or state-level.

    • HomerTh

      The first policeman to die on duty here in Tucson was a Jewish immigrant.

    • JCF

      That was Reconstruction. See re black SENATORS!

  • BobSF_94117

    Meh. People are looking for something to be annoyed by.

    • Lizard

      No. Sessions has a long history of blatant racism. He’s lost the benefit of the doubt.

      • BobSF_94117

        He has a long history of being a provocateur. So why fall for it?

        • Lizard

          Because he’s the Attorney General of the fucking United States and should be called out for his shit.

          • -M-

            Because it seems like a step to normalizing the sovereign citizen type conspiracy bullshit, by the U.S. Attorney General.

          • BobSF_94117

            But what in this case is “his shit”?

          • Lizard

            I don’t believe for one second that he was referring to anything historical, particularly because the original remark, as written, didn’t contain “Anglo-American.” Because of his well-documented history of racism, yeah, I absolutely think he used it in the white supremacy fashion.

          • stevenj

            His history of racism. Like you said he rubs everyone’s faces in it. These people need to be called out each and every time.

        • Gretchen

          I’m not sure being provoked to outrage (with resulting activism) is the same as falling for it.

        • Randy Ellicott

          not sure how you equate racist to provocateur…. I mean I can see why someone would try and make that equivalence but i can think of no good reason to do so…

          • BobSF_94117

            I don’t equate them at all. They are two different things.

          • Randy Ellicott

            You responded to a comment saying ” Sessions has a long history of blatant racism.” with “He has a long history of being a provocateur.” i read that as you saying his racism is his way of being a provocateur, and frankly its not, its his way of being a racist, which he is known for, he is not know for being a provocateur like say Milo, or even trump.

          • BobSF_94117

            He’s a racist because he’s a racist. He likes to, on occasion, find ways to rub people’s face in it. I think that explains his choice of words in this case. I doubt it’s because he’s enamored of English tradition. But his statement is a perfectly reasonable thing for ANYONE to say, so I say let it go.

  • Lizard

    Jeffy, you do know that saying “Sheriffs should be Anglo-American” is no less racist than “Sheriffs should be white,” right?

    • The_Wretched

      Jeffy is being kind. He’ll also accept black people who see whites as supreme.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    And good ol’ boy sheriffs from coast to coast were heard to shout “amen!” in unison.

  • Adam Stevens

    Pepe Sessions.

  • Tor

    What about that one from Milwaukee?

  • justmeeeee

    He’s gonna say it’s because the office and term itself come from England.

  • hdtex
    • M Jackson

      You found the upside.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    One wonders when comments like this move beyond dog whistle to become a actual, subliminal trigger.

    • clay

      not so subliminal.

  • Gretchen

    Breaking News: Jeff Sessions announces Justice Department is run by Hydra.

  • Michael R
  • TheManicMechanic

    This racist little git needs to take a long walk off the edge of his flat Earth.

  • ECarpenter

    There are so many REAL reasons to loathe Sessions, why make one up?

    We inherited the system of sheriffs from England – no matter what your own background is, if you’re an American sheriff, you’re in a law enforcement job with a very long tradition and history going back hundreds of years through American and before that English history, back to before the Norman Conquest.

    In England, the job has gone in a different direction in modern times, and the old position and responsibility of sheriff was absorbed into other policing structures a long time ago. Modern people called Sheriffs in the UK are just re-named court bailiffs, and have nothing to do with the long ago sheriff system.

    In any case, the history of sheriffs is a spotty history, to be sure, with lot of abuse of power for those hundreds of years, but it is definitely an Ango-American thing, like our jury system. You can’t successfully try to not have any connection to English things, it’s as silly as trying to claim we have no connection to Spanish things.

    • ChrisMorley

      Except in Britain sheriffs have had no real power for hundreds of years.

      We needed to invent the Police around 150 years ago so we had some civil law enforcement to control disorder, investigate crimes and bring people to court.
      Each county also has a “High Sheriff” but that is a posh white toff appointed to act as a stand in for a lesser royal when you have a road/building/bridge or flower show to open.
      The High Court also authorises bailiffs to collect debts and these have been privatised and given the posh title “sherriffs officers”. They are privatised debt-collection heavies who frequently abuse their powers.

      Same word, scarcely any connection to US sheriffs and their jobs.

      • ECarpenter

        Yes, Sheriff means something very different today in England than in the US. But medieval English sheriffs and modern American sheriffs have some basic things in common, and when the American sheriffs were instituted in various places, they picked the word for it’s older law enforcement meaning. And that’s what he said.

        What I’m mainly objecting to is creating fake stories like this one, where any racist connection is murky and interpretive at best, while he presides over voter suppression and other clearly, provably racist things.

        If we make up stories we become less believable, and then he gets away with his real racist actions more easily.

        • Friday

          The guy’s got a history of this shit, it’s a dogwhistle. And a distraction, yes, but he’s also yelling very loudly in words what he’s also enacting in *policies.*

          • ECarpenter

            If it’s a dog whistle, it’s a carefully crafted one to make progressives look bad because it’s not, on the surface, racist.

            His policies don’t have the same level of ambiguity, so attacking the policies is more productive and less damaging to our reputations.

          • Friday

            Kind of the point of a ‘dogwhistle.’ You’re the one saying it makes progressives ‘look’ certain ways.

            It’s also a lot about various white nationalists who want the *sherriff’s* department to be the highest local office that overrides, say, Federal civil rights and land management laws etc.

    • stevenj

      There are so many REAL reasons to loathe Sessions, why make one up?

      It reinforces the racism that the trump administration denies.

      • ECarpenter

        His ACTIONS truly have been racist.

        This accusation is made-up, and when we make up accusations then our accusations which are based on facts seem less believable to other people. It is AGAINST OUR OWN INTERESTS to make up fake stories.

    • clay

      But, NO ONE else refers to this as “our Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”. We already have a more exact, and not racist, phrase for it that is well-known– “British Common Law”.

      • ECarpenter

        British Common Law has nothing to do with the institution of sheriffs, except that they were some of the officers enforcing it. So no, that’s not useful. It’s just a fact that our sheriffs were modeled after the law enforcement responsibilities of long-ago English sheriffs.

        You can be black, hispanic, asian or anything else and be a sheriff, of course – here in town, our frequently re-elected Sheriff is a Latina Lesbian. She doesn’t have to be Anglo for her office to descend from the English sheriffs.

        You guys are struggling with this, why not drop it and attack Session’s clear-cut vileness?

        • Friday

          Yes, that is the *legal* tradition, …A Sherriff’s department is however markedly different over here, and not necessarily tremendously British, despite where the titles (and what else is governed by county) were inherited from.

          • ECarpenter

            Everything evolves, and no, a modern sheriff is not just like a medieval English sheriff. But the name was picked for the modern law enforcers when they were first instituted because they resembled traditional English sheriffs.

            Traditional English sheriffs disappeared long ago in England, and American sheriffs have changed since they were first instituted.

            So what? My main point is that this is a made-up outrage, and there are many real and dangerous racist things that Sessions does. We can’t afford to damage our credit by inventing stories rather than reporting real actions.

  • Ham
  • Sam_Handwich
    • The_Wretched

      Nice to see a cop get prosecuted for abuse and found guilty. I skimmed the document. It seems that this cops lying to other cops and a long history of abuse was a big part of why he wasn’t protected by the thin blue line.

  • ChrisMorley

    In Britain we used to have High Court Enforcement Officers. They are colloquially known as Bailliffs. Their job is not to arrest anyone, but just to enforce court orders regarding larger debts owed by individuals or companies.
    They’ve been privatised and renamed ‘Sherriffs Officers’ which is a bigly job title intended to frighten and intimidate people in debt.

    They regularly exceed their powers.
    When I was an adviser at the national chain of Citizens Advice Bureaux advising people in debt, we regularly needed to complain about them exceeding or abusing their powers, and attempted to get the licences of the worst offenders taken away so they couldn’t “sherriff” any more.
    There is no noble anglo-american sheriff tradition.

    • ChrisMorley

      You probably all correctly guessed it was another Session’s lie.

  • OdieDenCO


  • The_Wretched

    Racism aside*, there’s a substantive issue with Sessions here. Law Enforcement must be blind like Lady Justice. Else the law is just another tool for abusing the public and enforcing the will of the overclass. “Heritage” (of any kinds) is not a basis to found a policy on an on-going basis. We must be free to discard failed ideas and bad policy as it becomes clear it’s failing.

    The elected sheriff is a failed idea. It supports local bias to law enforcement and puts too much policing power into the hands of sole individuals (“I am the law here!”).

    *and it’s not a small thing

    • BobSF_94117

      Oh, good lord. You want to ditch locally-elected law enforcement because it’s part of our heritage? What would you prefer, national police?

      • zhera

        Wondering what’s bugging you, Bob. Why are you twisting and turning others’ comments in this subject? Do you by any chance think that Sessions words weren’t racist?

      • marshlc

        Well, that’s not what he said – rather, just because something is part of the heritage does not mean it should be kept, if it is a bad idea.

        And I live in a country where most of the rural and local policing is done by the national police force, and it works pretty well. Not perfect because nothing is, but pretty good.

    • ColdCountry

      I do agree with the first part. Not sure about the second, though I see your point about local bias.

    • Veylon

      I’d rather not give Sessions legal writ to turn the police into the SA.

  • Dagoril

    God I hate this fucker.

  • Stev84

    Well, he isn’t wrong. One of the primary origins of the police in America is the slave patrols

  • Joseph Miceli

    Wait…what is the difference between the “Negro-American Heritage” of law enforcement and the “Asian-American” and “Anglo-American Heritage of law enforcement? Is that the same as the different Hippocratic Oaths the races take when they become physicians? Is it the same as the differing bar exams given to lawyers of different races? I’m confused.

  • RJ Bone

    Every fucking day they become bolder.

    How much longer before they go too far?

  • mikemmiv

    They aren’t even trying to hide the bigotry anymore.

  • HazumuOsaragi
  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    It ended with a buffet of Miracle Whip Wonder bread sandwiches and a hearty batch of of RC cola. Then a prayer to white Jesus while they burned an effigy of Rosie O’Donnell

  • KnownDonorDad

    Replying to @misstessowen @vicenews
    Dog whistle so loud, the one Mike Huckabee’s son murdered can hear it.

  • Trollop

    The FUCK did he just say?

  • KnownDonorDad

    Have to dust off this classic: “Just Found a Red Sock in the Laundry (While Washing My Ku Klux Klan Sheet)”

  • KnownDonorDad

    You know, like Sheriff David Clarke.

  • Bluto
  • JoyZeeBoy

    i.e. white?

  • The Milkman

    Gross. Just….. gross. Eew.

  • Lars Littlefield

    No. He’s not racist. Nope. Not him. Hasn’t got a racist bone in his body. No. Not him.

  • Adam

    Technically we inherited out common law legal system from Britain, so I’m not sure how much this is truly a dog whistle. The overwhelming majority of countries have civil law, not common, it is an important distinction. Sessions is garbage tho.

  • boatboy_srq

    In related news, Kreacher discussed the atmosphere working for Sharkey up at Bag End.*

    *apologies for the mixed-mythos comment.

  • The “white” guy says that he likes the heritage of “white” sheriffs…SMH!

  • Halou

    To imply that the sheriff’s office would be “eroded” by the employment of a person who is not ‘Anglo-American’?

  • Halou

    I see on that flag behind him..

  • Tom000

    Definition of Anglo-American. 1 : an inhabitant of the U.S. of English origin or descent. 2 : a North American whose native language is English and especially whose culture or ethnic background is of European origin.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      All that nuance just confuses them more. They don’t want to know the origins of our law enforcement practices. I suspect they might not all be from the English 🙂

    • 1980Gardener

      He was apparently referring to #1.

  • fuzzybits
  • Randolph Finder

    If phrased as heritage of Anglo-American Law Enforment, *might* be better…

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Upvote because “enforment” is how it sounds when Jeff Sessions says it.

    • 1980Gardener

      But that wouldn’t be historically accurate. While the role of sherriff arose from Anglo-American culture, law enforcement did not.

      • Randolph Finder

        No, it didn’t, but treating “Anglo-American Law Enforcement” as a single concept, the Sheriff does come from that.

        • 1980Gardener

          “No, it didn’t,”

          – Then from what do you think it arose?

  • Cuberly Deux

    I think this is the part where the never Trumper “conservatives” yeowl about Trump and his minions courting undesireable elements within the GOP. …as they hope you don’t recall they did the same thing, just using that dog whistle instead.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yeah, that’s not at all a massive dog whistle right there, no sir, not at all. /s

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Wow, it’s almost like Sessions were a white supremacist Southern racist or something. That ain’t a dog whistle, that was a (pardon the expression) police whistle.

  • anne marie in philly

    anglo-americans? ah shaddap, you racist cracker!

  • Prost Seattle

    When do we as a society say ‘Too Much?’ Why aren’t we marching in the streets?

    • leastyebejudged

      Because it accomplishes nothing. Behold, what pieces of shit your neighbors are !

  • 1980Gardener

    The headline is very misleading. He didn’t hail Anglo-American sheriffs. The statement quite plainly reads that he acknowledges the Anglo-American roots of the position. I’m not sure why he did, but he did.

    • Ann Kah

      There’s an English root to the word, but I find it hard to believe that other countries were devoid of law enforcement.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Other countries have their own traditions of law enforcement, but it is indeed correct that the Sheriff came from England to America.

      • 1980Gardener

        I don’t follow. The comment was about the position of sheriff, not law enforcement generally.

  • Behind him is a flag with a fasces. That’s the bundle of sticks with an axe head attached on the yellowish flag to his left and behind him. Fasces is the root word for fascism.

  • leastyebejudged

    Law enforcement in the USA only exists because slaves, so this is consistent with the noble profession.

  • rednekokie

    Of course he is referring to the remarkable Sheriff of Rottingham!!