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Former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) fired back at Rev. Al Sharpton for promising a "season of civil disobedience" ahead of the nomination process for President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general pick.

Sharpton, an East Harlem, N.Y.-based activist and MSNBC host, said the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a "nightmare we cannot wake up from".

Shannon said Sharpton was trying to start a "race war" with his commentary, and is "looking for race in all the wrong places."

He urged Sharpton to instead focus on Planned Parenthood, which he accused of committing "black genocide" by targeting impoverished minorities for abortions.

Shannon also pointed to leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee that showed officials using racially-charged language to refer to voters.

"When the liberals are losing they always play the race card," Shannon said, "I'm not surprised that Sharpton is using the race-baiting tactics that made him famous."

Sharpton initially expressed outrage at Sessions over a 1986 confirmation hearing in which the senator withdrew his nomination for a judgeship after being accused of making racist statements and calling the ACLU and NAACP "un-American."

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