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Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has turned the Senate this year into a legislative graveyard, from which scant legislation has emerged–there is one activity the Kentucky Republican has kept humming with little interruption: federal judicial confirmations.
Almost no matter how extreme or unqualified, McConnell and his Senate Republicans are busily packing the federal courts with right-wing judges just as fast as they can before they might lose the Senate majority.
But every once in a while, a Trump nominee comes forward who is even more noticeably worse than the rest.
Steven Menashi is one of those.
Currently the top attorney in Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Education Department, Menashi has been nominated for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, where his nomination is opposed by both US senators.
“It is clear from Steven Menashi’s long, disturbing record that he is the wrong candidate to serve on the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York,” said a joint statement by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both New York Democrats. “As the top lawyer at the Department of Education, he played a critical role in executing Secretary DeVos’s agenda to make it harder for campus sexual assault victims to seek justice, provide federal funding to schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students, roll back civil rights investigations, and undermine critical protections for student borrowers who were defrauded by their institutions.
“In addition, he has expressed hostility to commonsense gun safety legislation and foundational civil rights legislation, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” the statement continued. “His views are far outside the judicial mainstream and completely out of step with the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers. His confirmation to the federal judiciary would threaten the rights of millions of Americans, and we strongly urge our colleagues to oppose the Menashi nomination.”
So, yes, defeat the Steven Menashi nomination. But defeat all of the other ones just like it which Mitch McConnell is trying to ram through.
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