On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Steven Menashi to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 51-41. According to Slate, every Republican present supported Menashi with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins. Each Democrat present opposed him. Donald Trump has now flipped the 2nd Circuit to a majority of Republican appointees, which could assist him in shielding himself from criminal liability and congressional scrutiny in a New York jurisdiction, which he previously called home. Whenever the court hears cases en banc — or with every judge sitting — the now 7-6 Republican majority will give conservatives an upper hand.
On top of all this, Menashi has a serious history of discriminatory remarks and actions against Black people, women, Muslims and LGBTQ folks. Unfortunately, he will be taking a seat once filled by civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall, who went on to become the first Black Supreme Court Justice.
Most of Menashi’s past writings were anti-diversity in nature. For example in a 2010 law review article called “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy” Menashi argued that an Israeli law favoring Jewish immigrants fits within the framework of a “liberal democracy” because many countries impose “ethnic preferences” in immigration. He argued: “Ethnic ties provide the groundwork for social trust and political solidarity,” whereas diverse societies have “lower social trust” and less “effective governing institutions.”
Menashi also went after sexual assault activists. In college, he condemned Take Back the Night marches, saying that “campus gynocentrists” unfairly accuse “the majority of male students with complicity in rape and sexual violence.” Menashi also didn’t support LGBTQ issues early on. He questioned why the Human Rights Campaign “incessantly exploited the slaying of Matthew Shepard” but did not discuss murders committed by gay men. He also claimed “tony colleges” were hypocritical for allowing LGBTQ residence communities while “sneer[ing] at the military for worrying about open homosexuals in the ranks.”
Menashi has little care for Black people too. He once defended a mostly white frat’s “ghetto party,” in which white students sported afros and toy guns. He also wrote that Brown University’s Third World Transition Program for people of color was meant “to fully indoctrinate them in leftist multiculturalism.” He went on to describe academic multiculturalism as a “thoroughly bankrupt” effort that is all “about denigrating Western culture in order to promote self-esteem among ‘marginalized’ groups.”
When Menashi joined the Trump administration as the acting general counsel in Betsy DeVos‘ Department of Education, he seemed to coalesce to more bigotry. During his time there, the agency rolled back protections for students who are LGBTQ, racial minorities, disabled and sexual assault survivors. The New York Times also recently reported that Menashi devised a plan “to use private Social Security data to deny debt relief to thousands of students cheated by their for-profit colleges.” A federal judge eventually halted the scheme, ruling that it violated federal privacy laws. In 2018, Menashi transitioned to the White House to serve as a legal adviser. In this role, he helped Stephen Miller — a white supremacist — carry out Trump’s crackdowns on immigration and asylum.
Menashi’s placement in the 2nd Circuit can further cement his allegiance to Trump. For example, a three-judge panel for the 2nd Circuit is currently weighing the legality of a subpoena that the House of Representatives issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One for Trump’s financial records. If the panel goes against Trump, he could request en banc review, which would favor him now that the full court is majority Republican. Even in instances where Congress continually issues subpoenas, Trump’s appointees can give Congress the go-around about why they’re against the subpoenas, which could further draw out the judicial process.
It’s A No, Bruh: Twitter Is Not Feeling Deval Patrick Running For President
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Dear future Democratic hopefuls,— Dr. Waitman Beorn (Historian,Public-Facing, 1 ea.) (@waitmanb) November 14, 2019
I am sorry but your application for a presidential fellowship is several months late and cannot be accepted. We have many qualified applicants and do not have time to consider your application. Please apply next round.https://t.co/OxxdgaGVFH
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The last time that @DevalPatrick considered a presidential run, he called it off one day after this @zachdcarter report was published. He may be hoping that you forgot that he made money helping a GOP billionaire rip off black middle-class folks. I didn’t. https://t.co/s60rSZjNvM— Jamil Smith جميل كريم (@JamilSmith) November 12, 2019
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Why can't Deval Patrick and Eric Holder just support Kamala, instead of running? Nobody ask for this bullshit, and black men will run to assist a Becky or Karen, but keep their feet on a Black Queen's neck...smh— Corey Bu-Shea (@coreybking) November 11, 2019
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First, billionaire Tom Steyer.— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) November 11, 2019
Then, even richer billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Today, it's Deval Patrick, who has worked for:
—Subprime mortgage lender ACC Capital Holdings
—Bain Capital (current) https://t.co/62NBQq4kc3
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I definitely feel like I know people with enormous egos, but then I read about Deval Patrick and Mike Bloomberg jumping in the presidential primary, and suddenly I feel like a little girl who has never seen a big city before— Rachel Cohen (@rmc031) November 13, 2019
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I love Deval Patrick but I feel like it may be too late for him to get into the race.... Not sure why he didn’t get in last year? https://t.co/pg4Jp57CZR— 👨🏻💻Gary_Smith74 (@GSmith_74) November 14, 2019
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I have always like Deval Patrick. I think he is pretty reasonable. There were rumors of him running a year ago. Why did he wait so long when his candidacy will be a long shot. https://t.co/UpbQhSo5lb— Will Thomas (@no1important701) November 14, 2019
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Deval Patrick’s candidacy is hilarious because a bunch of nerd DC insiders earnestly told him he’s needed and he has a real shot, but literally no one know who he is and he’ll drop out in 7 weeks after never cracking 2% in the polls— W.E.D.em Boyz (@LeftistWonk) November 14, 2019
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By jumping into the race at this late stage in the game, Deval Patrick is sending the clear and UNHELPFUL message that he doesn't like ANY of the candidates in the field now.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 14, 2019
The other message is that his rich buddies from Bain need a puppet in the game.
Get out, Deval.
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Anti-Diversity Judge Gets Confirmed To Thurgood Marshall’s Legendary Appeals Court Seat was originally published on newsone.com