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Jeff Sessions vs. Facebook Escalates: Board Member Calls Senator ‘Clinically Insane’

Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) isn’t getting any “likes” from Facebook anytime soon.

A member of Facebook’s board of directors, Marc Andreessen, recently called the senator “clinically insane” and more in a series of recent tweets over the senator’s position on immigration.

Sessions rankled Andreessen, an entrepreneur and software engineer who is involved in a number of other prominent tech companies such as eBay and HP, with his recent criticism of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, a vocal supporter of Democrats’ immigration-reform bill. Last week, Sessions spoke on the Senate floor warning against the influence of Zuckerberg and other billionaires on the president’s potential plans to legalize some illegal immigrants and expand visa programs for skilled foreign workers.

Andreessen took to Twitter last week to slam Sessions as an “odious hack” for his “outright slander” of Zuckerberg. Ideas like Sessions’s, he said, could spell political doom for the GOP.

Andreessen’s politics have been mixed in recent years. In 2012, he backed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after he had previously supported Barack Obama in 2008.

In a statement, a Sessions aid said Andreessen’s tweets make it “clear that a few megamillionaire and megabillionaire activists are calling the shots for [Democrats] on immigration.”

“The question at hand is pretty straightforward: who should get preference for American IT work — the 11.4 million Americans with STEM degrees but no STEM jobs, or the citizens of foreign countries now living overseas?” the aide wrote. “It appears that [Democratic] politicos and their super-elite patrons believe the answer is the latter.”


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