Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing hadn't even begun on Tuesday morning when the protests began. Shortly before Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had banged his gavel, several protesters dressed in Klan robes and hoods stood up and disrupted proceedings.

It's worth noting that the last member of the U.S. Senate to have been an active member of the Ku Klux Klan was West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, whom Hillary Clinton praised as a "friend and mentor."