On Tuesday, Sarah Silverman, the alleged “comedian” who once suggested the military remove President Trump from power, attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a profane tweet accusing him of racism for using the term “Anglo-American.” Twitter users responded by giving Silverman a bit of an education.
“He’s a racist c**t (no offense to c**ts),” she tweeted, referring to a speech Sessions gave at a conference of the National Sheriffs’ Association.
“The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” Sessions said in his speech, sparking criticisms of racism.
Anglo-American legal heritage, of course, is a concept familiar to anyone who has attended law school. The concept is frequently referenced in legal opinions and documents. For example, even the hard-left American Civil Liberties Union began an entire section of one of their 1998 amicus briefs to the Supreme Court with “ANGLO-AMERICAN TRADITIONS, CIVILIZED PRACTICE AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE SIXTH AMENDMENT CALL…”
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, as National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke pointed out. No major news outlet found either usage remarkable enough to warrant a headline.
Of course not, because (1) Obama is a Democrat and (2) Sessions is a Republican.
As Powerline reported, here’s what Obama said in 2006:
The world is watching what we do today in America. They will know what we do here today, and they will treat all of us accordingly in the future—our soldiers, our diplomats, our journalists, anybody who travels beyond these borders. I hope we remember this as we go forward. I sincerely hope we can protect what has been called the “great writ”—a writ that has been in place in the Anglo-American legal system for over 700 years.
And in 2008, he said this, according to the Washington Post:
Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for more than a decade, said captured suspects deserve to file writs of habeus corpus. Calling it “the foundation of Anglo-American law,” he said the principle “says very simply: If the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, ‘Why was I grabbed?’ And say, ‘Maybe you’ve got the wrong person.’”
I don’t recall Silverman losing her cookies over this…
Even some liberals schooled Silverman:
He is but in this case what he was referring to was an ascribed legal structure and process that the early Americans brought from England. Reacting to incomplete information is what Trump does; don’t be like Trump.
— CelineinNYC (@ScuffyShoedCe) February 13, 2018
Sorry, Sarah, but I think @NycCeline is right. Not a Sessions fan, but there is nothing wrong with acknowledging that our government and law borrowed a great deal from the English because the colonists were largely English. Progressives can do better than this. And we must.
— (((L. A. Peck))) (@hystrybuf) February 13, 2018
Sarah I really like you and can't stand Sessions, but this term is not racist. Obama used it multiple times to refer to our legal tradition
— Eric P Trautwein (@EricPTrautwein) February 13, 2018
Others cleaned her clock:
Of course not…
You are one of those people who could look less dumb by not tweeting your thoughts. It is quite skill to have such strong points that are so quickly proven null by the Twitter community.
— Deplorable Jim (@LoveUSAAmerica) February 14, 2018
One person said:
Perhaps she should stick to “comedy.”
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