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Tim Kaine: Robert Byrd Not a Racist, Attorney General Jeff Sessions Is

Sen. Tim Kaine implied, moments before the Senate confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that Sessions is racist but that former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd (D-WV) is not.

Byrd helped to establish a Ku Klux Klan chapter in Sophia, West Virginia, something he would eventually regret doing later on in life.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews pointed to Byrd as an example of someone who had risen above their “local thinking,” as Kaine nodded, and asked Kaine whether Jeff Sessions is also capable of this.

“Chris, I just haven’t seen the evidence,” Kaine replied, implying that Byrd was not a racist but Sessions was.

While Byrd once associated with the KKK, Jeff Sessions prosecuted members of the KKK and “bankrupt[ed]” the organization in Alabama.