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Protesters in KKK and Lady Liberty Costumes Disrupt Sessions Confirmation Hearing

"You can't arrest me! I'm white!" one protester shouted as he was escorted from the room.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was the first of President-elect Donald Trump's nominees to receive a confirmation hearing for a cabinet appointment this week. But just before the hearing began, the Senate Judiciary Committee was confronted by a chaotic mob of protesters in Lady Liberty and Ku Klux Klan robes. 

"You can't arrest me! I'm white!" one protester shouted as he was escorted out of the room. 

Above all, protesters pointed to allegations of racism going back decades, for which Sessions was even denied a federal judgeship in 1986. 

As Sen. Susan Collins (R-AL) announced her endorsement of Sessions as Attorney General, a Code Pink dressed as the Statue of Liberty was escorted out as well. "Support Civil Rights, Stop Sessions," her sign read. Others held signs that read "End Racism, Stop Sessions." 

Several protesters remained seated as the hearing began. 

"No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA," some chanted. Others simply laughed

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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