Jeff Sessions was too Racist to be Confirmed for a Judgeship in the 1980s.

President-elect Donald Trump promised to be the president of all Americans after he stunningly won the presidency earlier this month. The people he is choosing to surround himself with and put in his administration are casting major doubts about his intent to keep that promise. Take for example Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, Mr. Trump’s pick serve as the attorney general of the United States.

While serving as a U.S. attorney in 1986, Mr. Sessions was nominated by president Ronald Reagan to a federal judgeship. His nomination was blocked by a Republican controlled senate after discovering racist remarks Sessions allegedly made. Sessions allegedly called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American” and “communist-inspired” while saying he previously thought members of the Ku Klux Klan were fine, until he learned that they smoked pot.

If the Republican controlled senate does in fact confirm Senator Sessions early next year, it will paint a sorry picture of the Republican Party of 2016 that is willing to confirm a man for attorney general who was too racist to serve as a judge in 1986.