What's The Scariest Thing Jeff Sessions Has Ever Said?  

Kellie Kreiss
86 votes 12 voters 14 items

List Rules Vote up the most troubling Jeff Sessions quotes; vote down those that don't worry you at all.

Even before being elected President Trump's attorney general in 2017, Jeff Sessions - or Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III - has long been making headlines with his staunch political stances and fiery rhetoric. Previously serving a 12-year stint as the US attorney for the Southern District of Alabama followed by a term as Alabama's attorney general in 1994 and four consecutive terms on the US Senate, Sessions has crafted himself a legacy that has brought him a fair share of praise and criticism from either side of the political aisle. 

Political affiliations aside, there is no doubt that politicians have a habit of speaking out of turn, or voicing opinions that leave voters uneasy. Gathered here are just a few of the most controversial statements made by Sessions during his career.

Do these statements make you feel uneasy?

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"If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It's that simple... If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border."

When defending the US Customs and Border Protection's 'zero-tolerance' policy for illegal border crossings.


"People don’t have to endorse all of his rhetoric, but he’s correct on the issues, substantively."

In reference to the hesitations voiced by Republican Party members about Trump's suitability as presidential elect in 2016.


“It’s a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”

When discussing the manner in which children are being taken from their parents under false pretenses by Border Patrol agents.


“I don’t characterize that as a sexual assault. I think that’s a stretch.”

In response to Trump's comments about grabbing women. 


"Good people don't smoke marijuana."

When addressing the US Senate Drug Caucus regarding the legalization of marijuana.


"What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together."

In a written opinion piece for the Washington Post advocating for stricter legal immigration regulations.


"[Roe v. Wade was] one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time.”

When discussing the 1973 Supreme Court ruling protecting a woman's right to choose. 


"Today I am not sure women or people with different sexual orientations face that kind of discrimination. I just don’t see it.”

When defending his vote against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.


"...we must face the uncomfortable reality that not only are immigrants from Muslim-majority countries coming to the United States, radicalizing, and attempting to engage in acts of terrorism...but also, their first-generation American children are susceptible to the toxic radicalization of terrorist organizations."

In an official statement following the June 13, 2016 Orlando, Fl, terror attack.


"[I thought the Ku Klux Klan] were OK until I found out they smoked pot."

A comment made while serving as a US attorney in Alabama in 1986.


“Hobby Lobby is a family business that objected to a federal government mandate requiring them to pay for drugs like Plan B and Ella, which they argued was a violation of their pro-life religious views. Today’s ruling is an important step towards restoring the religious freedoms that the President’s health care law suppressed. And it is yet another rebuke for an Administration that does not recognize the limits on its power.”

In an official response to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling.


"Carbon pollution is CO2, and that’s really not a pollutant; that’s a plant food, and it doesn’t harm anybody except that it might include temperature increases."

During a 2015 hearing addressing concerns about Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency.


“I have done no research into that. I know just what the media says about it.”

In response to being questioned about whether Russia was involved in hacking of the 2016 US presidential election.


"I don’t think a person who acknowledges that they have gay tendencies is disqualified per se for the job.”

When being interviewed regarding Obama's potential election of the Supreme Court's first openly gay justice in 2009.