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Political opponents and critics of Attorney General Jeff Sessions have often tried to paint the former Alabama senator as a racist and a bigot. But they may have bitten off a little more than they can chew this time around.

While speaking at the National Sheriffs' Association winter conference, Sessions made a brief mention of the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”:

It wasn't long before the critics started in, claiming that Sessions' use of the term “Anglo-American” was a “racist dog whistle” and clear evidence that the attorney general was embracing not just racism but white supremacy:

However, National Review editor Charles C.W. Cooke said the term is not at all racist. Rather, it's a reference to the principles otherwise known as “common law” that include ideals such as “presumption of innocence” and “due process” — ideals that are unique to Western culture and are laid out in the early law that is common to both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Even former President Barack Obama didn't get the memo regarding the racist nature of that particular term:

Neither did at least one official within the Obama administration:

And Obama wasn't alone, either:

The outrage appeared to be so overplayed in this particular instance that even The Washington Post published an editorial headlined: “Jeff Sessions’s ‘Anglo-American’ comments, and the danger of the liberal Trump outrage machine.”

When you've lost The Washington Post ...

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