This sounds pretty bad:
The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” [former Attorney General] Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. . . .”
But compare to this from Mister Helix:
[The] historic curse of the Irish . . . is not alcohol, it’s not stupidity. . . it’s ignorance. . . . some anti-Semitism is justified. Just like some anti-Irish feeling is justified . . .
And “who would want to adopt an Irish kid?”
You can be real dumb or you can seem dumb because you don’t know anything — that’s all I’m saying. The Irish seemed dumb because they didn’t know anything.
He seems to be tying himself into knots, trying to reconcile old-style anti-Irish racism with modern-day racism in which there’s a single white race. You see, he wants to say Irish are inferior, but he can’t say their genes are worse, so he puts it down to “ignorance.”
Overall, I’d have to say Sessions is less of a bigot: Sure, he brings in a classic stereotype, but in a positive way!
Lots of us say stupid and obnoxious things in private. One of the difficulties of being a public figure is that even your casual conversation can be monitored. It must be tough to be in that position, and I can see how at some point you might just give up and let it all loose, Sessions or Watson style, and just go full-out racist.