Every Republican in the U.S. Senate but one just voted to hand Steven Menashi, an anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, misogynistic right wing extremist, a lifetime appointment as a judge on the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
No Democrat voted for Menashi. Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote against his nomination. The final vote was 51-41.
Menashi, who is just 40 years old, is not only unqualified to sit on a federal appeals court because he has never tried or argued a case, his history should have been deemed automatically disqualifying.
HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendary reports Menashi, “currently Trump’s White House legal aide, compared race data collection in college admissions to Germany under Adolf Hitler; denounced women’s marches against sexual assault; opposed the ‘radical abortion rights codified in Roe v. Wad’; accused the Human Rights Campaign of having ‘incessantly exploited the slaying of Matthew Shepard’ for political benefit, and claimed that a Dartmouth fraternity wasn’t being racist when it held a ‘ghetto party’ attended by white students donning Afros and carrying toy guns.”
If that weren’t enough, Menashi “also spread the Islamophobic myth that in 1913, Gen. John Pershing executed Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pig fat.”
That last one is a favorite of President Donald Trump’s – except he prefers the tale told with “pig’s blood.”
There’s actually more.
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Menashi also helped devise an illegal Education Department effort to use private Social Security data to deny debt relief to thousands of students cheated by for-profit colleges.
Despite – or more likely, because of – all this, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McxConnell on Thursday called Menashi “impressive.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) had a different perspective.
Today, the Senate will be voting to confirm Steven Menashi to a lifetime seat on 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. I don’t say this lightly: He’s one of the worst judicial nominees to be put forth by President Trump—and I intend to cast a resounding no vote.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 14, 2019
Former Obama DOJ official Vanita Gupta, now the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:
This was a civil rights vote, and senators who voted for Menashi have failed. They have failed their constituents, failed our judiciary, and failed the nation.
The attack on the federal bench is a deeply consequential and long-lasting assault on civil rights. We can’t forget it. https://t.co/zgEqTmLRRj
— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) November 14, 2019
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR):
Today the Senate votes on Steven Menashi to serve in a lifetime judgeship. This is a Trump nominee who:
Gutted protections for survivors of sexual assault.
Helped Stephen Miller craft a racist immigration agenda.
Denied debt relief to students scammed by for-profit colleges.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) November 14, 2019
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Defends His ‘Right’ to ‘Speak Up More Strongly Against Gays in the Military’
The UK’s Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson once attacked gay people for serving in their country’s armed forces, called LGBTQ people “tank-topped bum boys,” and even supported a claim from foreign dictator Robert Mugabe that the opposing British Labour Party was composed of “gay gangsters.”
“Across the country, there are many Tories who wish their party leadership would speak up more strongly against, say, gays in the military,” Johnson said. “They are, of course, right.”
Prime Minister Johnson, who at times has cozied up to U.S. President Donald Trump, refused to apologize.
Calling his remarks “shocking,” The Daily Mirror reports Johnson “complained the police had been ‘cowed’ by the Macpherson report – which uncovered institutional racism in the force in the wake of Stephen Lawrence’s murder.”
And he said officers were too busy “stuck on racial awareness programmes” or trying to “catch paedophiles in ancient public schools” to investigate the theft of his bike.
The Prime Minister’s remarks were recently unearthed from a 2008 book chronicling his past newspaper columns dating as far back as 2000.
The Mirror adds that Johnson also “made a spirited defence of some of the homophobic, racist and callous views that earned the Conservatives the nickname ‘the nasty party.’”
Last month Prime Minister Johnson refused to apologize for calling LGBTQ people “tank-topped bum boys,” and Muslim women “letterboxes,” The Independent reported, adding he also “wrote that seeing ‘a bunch of black kids’ scared him.”
“I defend my right to speak out,” Johnson recently told reporters.
‘Seriously Unbalanced’ Tucker Carlson Sparks Internet Outrage Declaring He Is Rooting for Russia – Before Backtracking
Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered stunning remarks Monday night, just days before America’s Thanksgiving holiday.
“Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?” an untethered Carlson asked his guest, former Clinton advisor Richard Goodstein.
“I’m serious,” Carlson declared. “Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”
Goodstein had been saying that Russia attacked Ukraine, explaining that “people are dying on the front lines.”
14,000 Ukrainians have been slaughtered in the war with their next door neighbor, Russia.
Carlson, at the end of the show, claimed he had been kidding when he said he was “serious.”
“Before we go, earlier in the show I noted I was rooting for Russia in the contest between Russia and Ukraine,” Carlson told his Fox News viewers, The Daily Beast noted, after social media outrage. “Of course, I’m joking. I’m only rooting for America—mocking the obsession many on the left have. Ha!”
Tucker: “Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? I’m serious. Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which by the way I am.” pic.twitter.com/OQopoxPYD9
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) November 26, 2019
Reaction on social media to Carlson’s disturbing remarks was quick:
Fox News and Tucker Carlson rip the tattered American mask off: Carlson is rooting for Russia to invade Europe.
There it is. https://t.co/hHUgDMYObR
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) November 26, 2019
Staggering. Tucker Carlson actually said he’s “rooting for Russia” in their conflict with Ukraine. So, he’s rooting for a country trying to invade and occupy a US ally. Seriously. He also said, “why should I care what happens with Russia and Ukraine?” Nutty. https://t.co/WyctFqbfZV
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) November 26, 2019
Tucker TV confessions usually reveal his deep-seated white supremacy. Tonight, he confesses to rooting for Russia against Ukraine.
Your 2019 Republican Party! pic.twitter.com/CwHYAD2I2B
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) November 26, 2019
Russia invaded a sovereign nation, an EU ally, an American ally, and Tucker said it out loud, he is rooting for Russia. We all knew it, they just never said it. They are rooting for the end of Democracy.
— Almost Turkey Time Dan (@JakesForLuck) November 26, 2019
Russia invaded Ukraine, stole Crimea, and continues to murder Ukrainians in Putin’s war on its soil
Tucker Carlson announces he’s rooting for Russia.
Team Putin-Trump in action… https://t.co/CDCNfDCrVO
— Alexandra Chalupa (@AlexandraChalup) November 26, 2019
Tucker backs despotic, corrupt Russia over people in Ukraine who just want to be free. He should lose all advertisers and his audience- why would you willingly put up with his betrayal of democracy? #BoycottTuckerCarlson https://t.co/0VDzKF0FRY
— Hopeful_Resister! (@upton1144) November 26, 2019
Tucker Carlson openly sides with Russia now.
Remember, every US intelligence agency confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC servers and attempted to hack voting machines in all 50 states.
Carlson should be exiled to Russia.
— Skip Churchman (@ChurchmanSkip) November 26, 2019
Tucker is rooting for Russia. Russia attacked us. UKRAINE is our ally. https://t.co/YLynFvKwnH
— Pamela lacks pizzazz (@pamica) November 26, 2019
Tucker has gone all the way down the rabbit hole. He is seriously unbalanced on his show tonite. I am worried for him. He is “rooting for Russia”? https://t.co/xVtcO7lxts
— dane lancaster (@danelancaster) November 26, 2019
Useful to have it formally confirmed https://t.co/xHTyIEt7eT
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 26, 2019
Anti-LGBTQ Extremists, Right Wing Activists and Establishment Republicans Pen Letter Urging Trump to Not Fire Mulvaney
A Who’s Who of Anti-LGBTQ Extremists
An assortment of 79 prominent hate group leaders, anti-LGBTQ activists, and far right wing activists representing a swath of the religious right and the establishment GOP have penned a letter praising Mick Mulvaney and urging President Donald Trump to not fire him as acting chief of staff – and to make his role permanent.
It’s no secret the far right and religious right have not just won a foot in the Oval Office door, but a proverbial key to the White House. They helped get Trump elected and have enjoyed a warm open-door policy with the president ever since.
Now they’re taking advantage of that special relationship to make their desires known, this time, publicly.
Signatories to the letter (which is published at the Conservative Action Project) include the head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, Tony Perkins. Tea Party activist and prominent DC lobbyist Ginni Thomas, who also just happens to be the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (Both have worked together to achieve their dream of a ban on transgender service members.)
Others who have signed the letter praising Mulvaney as the “most successful Chief of Staff in this administration to advance the Trump pro-America agenda,” are former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who has served at Perkins’ Family Research Council as the hate group’s “Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment.”
Washington Times columnist and Tea Party Patriots cofounder Jenny Beth Martin has signed the letter. So has long-term veteran anti-gay activist Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who has represented many far right Republicans, and the NRA.
Also, former U.S. Senator (R-SC) and former Heritage Foundation president, Jim DeMint, an anti-gay activist and right wing religious liberty extremist. Former U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), also an anti-LGBTQ activist and religious extremist. And failed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activist Elaine Donnelly.
“As director of the Office of Management and Budget and as acting White House chief of staff, Mulvaney has overseen the office most responsible for implementing the Trump agenda throughout the government,” the letter says, according to Politico. “His attention, vision, and commitment to the president’s policies have been evident from the beginning of the administration to today. We believe the president should make him permanent in the chief of staff role.”
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