President Trump Has Nominated a Bigot to Be a Federal Judge

UPDATE (12/13/2017): As of this morning, Brett Talley’s nomination to the federal bench is no longer moving forward according to a White House spokesperson. Talley offered to withdraw his nomination last week following weeks of criticism for failing to disclose information on his Senate questionnaire, including those referenced below. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle also criticized Talley for his inexperience. Yesterday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), head of the Judiciary Committee, publicly requested that the White House withdraw Talley’s nomination as well.

I should have woken up Wednesday disgusted by President Trump retweeting the anti-Muslim videos of an extremist, racist “leader” in another country. This alleged leader is a part of Britain First, a political organization which has built many of its policies and actions around anti-Muslim sentiment — demanding the prohibition of an entire religion, the denial of places of worship, and the deportation or imprisonment of its followers. I didn’t feel shock or surprise though because it seemed just another day on Twitter for our president.

But they are not just tweets. They are part of a larger agenda, one piece of which is putting like-minded people into positions of power. Recently, Trump nominated Brett Talley, a lawyer with a long record of bald-faced bigotry, to serve as a federal judge in Alabama.

To say that Talley’s nomination requires a thorough Senate hearing — or in this case, an additional hearing — is an understatement at best. Historically, judicial nominations have undergone thorough vetting by the Senate Judiciary Committee because of the importance and power of a judicial position as well as the fact that judges serve for life. Unfortunately, Talley lied on his Senate questionnaire when he failed to disclose numerous details, including over 15,000 posts on a message board which he wrote under a different name.

Any ideas what might have been in them? Spoiler alert: white supremacist, racist lies, which promote hatred and fear. He came to the defense of “the first KKK.” He claimed that Muslims are terrorists. He wrote that Islam promotes “the murder of non-believers” while perpetuating Trump’s statement that “Islam hates us.”

While the ACLU does not support or oppose judicial nominations, Talley’s statements and his failure to disclose them warrant additional review by the Senate. The Senate should not vote on the nomination until after a new hearing so that Talley can answer questions on the postings that he hid from the Senate. We should all let our senators know that they aren’t fulfilling their constitutional roles unless they have a chance to read and debate all of the discriminatory statements made by Trump’s nominee.

Ultimately, Talley and Trump’s agenda are not dissimilar from Britain First and have been getting the thumbs-ups from white supremacists here in America. In fact, David Duke, the former KKK leader, praised Trump’s retweets, while British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson criticized them and Dutch officials debunked the inaccuracy of one tweet. But Trump officials stood by the racist tweets, even while acknowledging the videos might not be real.

When it comes to this agenda of fear and hatred, facts do not matter, and lies will be told. Why wouldn’t Trump retweet such inflammatory, hateful positions without verification or concern for their impact? They are, after all, in line with his own views and those of the people he’s appointing to govern.

Under the Trump administration, it’s hard to be outraged all the time at everything that is happening because it is, after all, just another day. But it is our America — every race, ethnicity, and religion. So unfortunately for Trump and his army of like-minded people such as Talley, Muslims — like me — are a huge part of our nation and the promotion of hatred and bigotry from Twitter to the bench is unacceptable. This week’s tweets cannot be forgotten, they are reverberating through our government. In this case, it is the Senate that has the power to hold Talley accountable.

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Anonymous

"He claimed that Muslims are terrorists."

Ummmm..not true lib tards?

Anonymous

Christians are terrorists. Christians are idiots.
Also true statements but like the statement above badly in need of a moditier such as some Christians many Christians a few ...

JWS

Fuck you, you uninformed moron.

Dr. Joseph Goebbels

It's not right to call someone a bigot, it's the same as calling a jigaboo a nigger or a calling a queer a faggot.

ATK

Everyone knows you're a troll, we don't take you seriously.

Anonymous

Nope not the same.

A jigaboo is a term that describes a dark noisey movement in the night. It was used by whitey slavers that thought black slaves where escaping. Which might have been true. Example... whooooweee, I just herd me a jigaboo in them there woods shumukamuff.

Nigger is a term that describes a a white person who’s kids love hip hop and grew up thinking they where black. Oh wait, that wigger. Oh yeah nigger was first used by uneducated wiggers who couldn’t speak Spanish because “nigger” is the white retard way to say “negro”.

Queer just means “not like you”. Which makes everything queer. You are a queer.

Now a faggot is a noisy ass wigger whitey that rides a Harley through neighborhoods. Yup, they are fag faggots. Not gay, unless they’re happy, but straight up queermo, faggot, wiggers.

Fuck You motorcycle “clubs” you’re all First Class Fags. Thanks for losing Vietnam!

Anonymous

Anonymous - You are not a patriot, I see that. Please DON'T Disrespect any veterans. I had better stop now, I have many more words I could say. Have a nice day!

Anonymous

Oh I’m a “patriot”. I served in the Corps, I killed enemy combatants as air saw fit. We were let loose in western Iraq during the early 2000s. We won the cities, then the generals lost the whole country.

Our general was pictured on his Harley at some fag assed biker convention while our battalion lost 200 men in one week! Bikers are fags preoccupied with themselves. So fuck you! I’m a veteran and I say we suck, not always but sometimes.

Ask the proud American veterans that hung people after the civil war, in both the north and south. Hate is hate, and only your heart and soul can tell you whether you harbor it or not.

Anonymous

What's a "shumukamuff"? It sounds like a merger between Sesame Street and Lovecraft.

Anonymous

FAKE NEWS!

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