While speaking to the National Sheriffs' Association earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the sheriffs' "Anglo-American heritage", a phrase that no doubt brought a smile to the lips of white supremacists everywhere. According to a written version of the speech, he was supposed to say, "The sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage".
"We must never erode this historic office", Sessions added.
"The "Anglo-American heritage" part of Sessions" comment caught the eye of writers at a number of media outlets.
The 71-year-old attorney general made the off-color remark while addressing the National Sheriffs Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
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"I want to thank every sheriff in America".
Sessions was once denied a federal judgeship in his native Alabama over allegations that he had referred to a black co-worker as "boy".
Asked to clarify the meaning of Sessions' improvisation, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior told TPM by email: "Anglo-American law is another term for common law - which is the legal system that we use (as opposed to say, Napoleonic Code used in France) and is derived from the system of law that originated in England".
Other Justice Department officials have spoken of it, too, without generating much attention. Collins English Dictionary lists the United States as one of the few countries that has sheriffs, along with England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, and Scotland. "Before reporters sloppily imply nefarious meaning behind the term, we would suggest that they read any number of the Supreme Court opinions that use the term".
Trump also enlisted the support of sheriffs on immigration, saying that he's proposing to build a border wall, curtail family-based migration end to visa lottery programs "so you people can enforce the laws". "Or they could simply put "Anglo-American law" into Google", Prior explained to outlets like CNN. The Encyclopedia Britannica entry for "Common law, also called Anglo-American law" was penned by professors from Harvard and the University of London.