Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II's Statement Regarding the U.S. Senate 56-43 Vote Confirming NC Native Daughter Loretta Lynch as Top Law Enforcement Official in the Nation
DURHAM, NC: Today, after more than 165 days since she was nominated, the Senate brought U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch's confirmation as the next U.S. Attorney General to the floor for a vote. In a 56-43 vote, the Senate confirmed Lynch to be the next U.S. Attorney General and first ever African American woman to serve in this role.
On behalf of the NC NAACP and our Forward Together Moral Movement, I congratulate the 10 Republicans and all 46 Democrats and Independents who voted this afternoon to confirm Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General.
Bringing shame to themselves and their offices, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis from North Carolina chose to disrespect the first African American woman candidate for this high office by voting against her. Rather than proudly introducing her and her family, who have given so much to the cause of Justice and Love in North Carolina and the nation, Senators Burr and Tillis chose to vote against her because she was going to carry out her duties to be the top law enforcement official for all.
The obstructionist strategy against Ms. Lynch—it took 166 days to bring her nomination to a vote—is shameful. The country will be well-served by our highly qualified new Attorney General.