Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman to be nominated for U.S. attorney general, is being treated by Republicans the way Rosa Parks was treated in 1955 when she wanted a seat on a bus: sent to the back.
President Barack Obama nominated Lynch in November, but she has been waiting months for her confirmation vote. She’s waited more than three times as long as it took the Senate to confirm Attorney General John Ashcroft under President George W. Bush, and twice as long as it took the Senate to confirm current Attorney General Eric Holder.
As other Democrats have been saying for weeks, Durbin said there’s no reason for the delays, and suggested Republicans are on the wrong side of civil rights history.
“Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar,” said the Illinois Democrat. “That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the U.S. Senate.”