The anti-Trump SCOTUS talking points are out. All his nominees are “racist, white men who defend the Ku Klux Klan.” I’m sure that makes a ton of sense, seeing as his short list includes:
- Two women.
- One first generation Indian-American.
- One man who studied in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish, who worked at a legal aid clinic representing poor Spanish-speaking immigrants, and who has been active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
- And, one man who wrote in a legal opinion that “being called the n-word by a supervisor … suffices by itself to establish a racially hostile work environment.”
Yup. A real bunch of RAAACISTS who defend the KKK. Sheesh.
Hillary has tweeted that she is excited to help stop any Trump nominee from being confirmed to the Supreme Court and one of the RINO pro-abort senators, Susan Collins from Maine, has said she will not support any nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade. She would consider this to be judicial “activism.” [Yeah, right. Like Roe and Doe were not. Sheesh.]
I can’t help wondering if these people have noticed that Trump still has two and a half more years to go in his first term. Are they seriously considering leaving the Supreme Court at 8 justices until they MAYBE win the White House in 2020?
Fox News reports Trump’s short list for Kennedy’s replacement has six names on it — Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Raymond Kethledge. Trump himself has said he’s narrowed it down to 5 and that 2 are women. I don’t know which of the four men got cut, so here are short bios of all six. If you want to read detailed analyses of their legal decisions, see the links below.
THOMAS HARDIMAN is a white male from Massachusetts. His dad drove a taxi; his mom was a homemaker and his father’s bookkeeper. He earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from Georgetown Law. Hardiman’s wife Lori, with whom he has three children, is from a well-connected Democratic family in Pennsylvania. Hardiman himself is a registered Republican. He studied in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish; while living in Washington he worked with Ayuda, a legal aid clinic representing poor Spanish-speaking immigrants. He has headed a local Big Brothers Big Sisters program and served as a “Big Brother” himself. At the moment, he is a 3rd Circuit Court judge. He is married and has three children.
BRETT KAVANAUGH is a white male who was born in Washington, D.C., but was largely raised in Maryland. He earned a BA from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and worked for President George W. Bush as a counsel to the president and then as staff secretary to the president. He is a Roman Catholic who currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2013, he wrote a concurrence in a ruling: “In my view, being called the n-word by a supervisor – as Ayissi-Etoh alleges happened to him – suffices by itself to establish a racially hostile work environment.” He is married and has two children.
AMY CONEY BARRETT is a white female who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned a BA from Rhodes College and a JD from Notre Dame Law School where she later became a Professor of Law. She is a devout Roman Catholic and a member of the conservative Federalist Society. She clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court by President Trump in 2017. She is married and has seven children.
AMUL THAPAR is a first generation Indian-American who was born in Michigan. He earned a BS from Boston College and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. He served as a U.S. District Judge and as a U.S. Attorney in Kentucky. He was appointed to the 6th Circuit Court by President Trump in 2017. I was unable to find anything about his personal life in any of his biographies.
JOAN LARSEN is a white female who was born in Iowa. She earned a BA from University of Northern Iowa and a JD from Northwestern University where she was Valedictorian. She clerked for Justice Scalia, served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ under President George W. Bush, and taught at the University of Michigan School of Law. She is a Republican and a member of the Federalist Society. She served on the Michigan Supreme Court and was appointed to the 6th Circuit Court by President Trump in 2017. She is married and has two children.
RAYMOND KETHLEDGE is a white male who was born in New Jersey and grew up in Michigan where he has continued to live. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School where he was Salutatorian. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy. When Kethledge is in northern Michigan, he works in an office he created in a family barn near Lake Huron. The office has no internet, a wood stove for heat, and a pine desk for a work space. He was appointed to the 6th Circuit Court by President George W. Bush in 2008 and teaches a course at the University of Michigan Law School that focuses on the elements of good legal writing. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2013. He is married and has two children.