Two of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal bench have disturbing histories of writing “conservative” blog posts filled with conspiracy theories, racism, and homophobia. In times past, merely commenting on specific issues could disqualify a potential federal judge, but since the Senate did away with the filibuster for nominees anything goes.
From The Nation:
Trump nominated John K. Bush, a lawyer from Louisville, to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. … He blogged as “G. Morris” on his wife’s blog, “Elephants in the Bluegrass.” …[H]e frequently espoused phony stories from paranoid right-wing Internet corners, including those that advanced the racist conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. He often quoted stories from WorldNetDaily, which is run by conspiracy crank Joseph Farah and helped lead the early birther charge.
called Justice Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute.” He also expressed extreme anti-gay views on several occasions; in 2009, he criticizeda California school district for advancing the idea “not only that bullying of homosexuals qua homosexuals is wrong, but also that the homosexual lifestyle is a good, and that homosexual families are the moral equivalent of traditional heterosexual families.”Damien Schiff, Trump’s nominee for the US Court of Federal Claims, also ran a blog called “Omnia Omnibus” on Typepad. In June 2007, he
Along with birtherism, Bush also wrote a post about both slavery and abortion, saying they were national “tragedies” on an equal scale. When pressed by Senator Dianne Feinstein about whether or not he’d follow the Roe v. Wade precedent, reminding him he was “under oath” before answering. He replied that he would.
Schiff has also written that he believes “natural” law has a greater authority than the law as laid out by the U.S. Constitution, troubling prospect made even more worrisome because of how virulently he seems to object to homosexuality.
“I have not seen the proposed lesson, but … it seems to teach not only that bullying of homosexuals is wrong, but also that the homosexual lifestyle is … good, and that homosexual families are the moral equivalent of traditional heterosexual families,” he wrote in 2009 about an anti-bullying program in a California school district.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse confronted him about his post in which he called Justice Kennedy a “judicial prostitute.” The Rhode Island Democrat didn’t even bother to question Schiff, simply yielding back his time after saying that the appointment of someone with Schiff’s past record “is just not normal.”
A number of activist groups have spoken out against these nominees, asking for the Senate to not confirm these men to the bench. However, since the filibuster is off-the-table it would take three dissenting Republicans to stop it.
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