The WORST nominee we've ever seen?

Ben Betz, People For the American Way
2017-07-18 12:04:34
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, Health care and Russiagate are still dominating the headlines, but while the country's attention is focused on both of those important sagas, Republicans are moving to pack the federal bench with Trump judicial nominees shockingly beyond the pale in terms of their extremism, their lack of qualifications, and their reckless, ill-suited temperaments. The nominee who perhaps embodies this characterization the most is Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee John K. Bush, who recently passed committee on a straight party-line vote and who is slated to receive his first major vote by the full Senate TOMORROW. Please sign your name to our petition to the Senate to REJECT John Bush right now before it's too late!>> site.pfaw.org/site/R John Bush, a Kentucky Lawyer, is a far-right blogger who could fairly be called one of the Internet's alt-Right trolls. His blogging -- much of it done under a pseudonym -- is rife with racism, sexism, homophobia, deep hatred for progressives and Democrats, and references to reporting by the most extreme right-wing corners of the web. Surely, many Republican senators must know how disastrously inappropriate it is that someone like Bush is nominated to one of the nation's most influential courts. But here's the thing: Bush is McConnell's nominee as much as he is Trump's, and Republican senators are reluctant -- if not scared -- to cross McConnell. In 2014, Bush's wife was on the board of a dark money group called the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition that spent a whopping $7.1 million to help reelect Mitch McConnell in that year's KY Senate race. But Bush is so unacceptable as a nominee that this is the perfect time for certain Republican senators to be forced to find their spines. The nomination of John Bush is a reflection of the normalization by Donald Trump and his allies of extreme indecency and incivility ... and for any Republican who ever said he or she opposed the recent erosion of civil discourse and attacks on the institutions of our Republic, now is their test. Add your name and demand that the Senate REJECT the confirmation of John K. Bush>> site.pfaw.org/site/R As a blogger, Bush has cited sources that promote "Birtherism," and written with vitriolic disdain of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi -- whom he called "Mama Pelosi" and said should be "gagged" -- and others. He compared Roe v. Wade to the Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery. He contended that there should be "more money, not less" in our elections. And, in remarks to a private Louisville club, he chose to use and condone an anti-gay slur, using a quote from another author: "I come here every year, and let me tell you one thing I've learned -- this is no town to be giving people the impression you're some kind of faggot." Bush doesn't just exhibit a reckless temperament and extreme, angry partisanship -- he seems to be defined by them. The Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who purport to have any independence whatsoever, like Nebraska's Ben Sasse and Arizona's Jeff Flake, should be ASHAMED of themselves ... but there is still time for them to do the right thing, along with the other supposedly more moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, as well as senators like Rob Portman of Ohio -- who claims to be pro-LGBTQ equality -- and Dean Heller of Nevada, who is vulnerable in his bid for reelection next year. Sign the petition: Tell the Senate not to confirm John Bush to the 6th Circuit!>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Thank you for speaking out! -- Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director ================ donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R                           Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE>> site.pfaw.org/site/R This email was sent to xxx. Reaching you over email is the best way we have to let you know about the ways you can take action to fight the Right Wing and defend our constitutional rights and values. If you have any thoughts, comments, or criticisms, or if there's a better email address at which to reach you, please let us know. If you'd like to unsubscribe from our list, you can do that here: site.pfaw.org/site/CO . But know that if you leave, it will be harder for you to stay involved with People For the American Way and continue our crucial work. 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Anne,

Health care and Russiagate are still dominating the headlines, but while the country’s attention is focused on both of those important sagas, Republicans are moving to pack the federal bench with Trump judicial nominees shockingly beyond the pale in terms of their extremism, their lack of qualifications, and their reckless, ill-suited temperaments.

The nominee who perhaps embodies this characterization the most is Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals nominee John K. Bush, who recently passed committee on a straight party-line vote and who is slated to receive his first major vote by the full Senate TOMORROW.

John Bush, a Kentucky Lawyer, is a far-right blogger who could fairly be called one of the Internet’s alt-Right trolls. His blogging -- much of it done under a pseudonym -- is rife with racism, sexism, homophobia, deep hatred for progressives and Democrats, and references to reporting by the most extreme right-wing corners of the web.

Surely, many Republican senators must know how disastrously inappropriate it is that someone like Bush is nominated to one of the nation’s most influential courts. But here’s the thing: Bush is McConnell’s nominee as much as he is Trump’s, and Republican senators are reluctant -- if not scared -- to cross McConnell.

In 2014, Bush's wife was on the board of a dark money group called the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition that spent a whopping $7.1 million to help reelect Mitch McConnell in that year's KY Senate race.

But Bush is so unacceptable as a nominee that this is the perfect time for certain Republican senators to be forced to find their spines. The nomination of John Bush is a reflection of the normalization by Donald Trump and his allies of extreme indecency and incivility … and for any Republican who ever said he or she opposed the recent erosion of civil discourse and attacks on the institutions of our Republic, now is their test.

As a blogger, Bush has cited sources that promote “Birtherism,” and written with vitriolic disdain of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi -- whom he called “Mama Pelosi” and said should be “gagged” -- and others. He compared Roe v. Wade to the Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery. He contended that there should be "more money, not less" in our elections. And, in remarks to a private Louisville club, he chose to use and condone an anti-gay slur, using a quote from another author: “I come here every year, and let me tell you one thing I’ve learned -- this is no town to be giving people the impression you’re some kind of faggot.”

Bush doesn’t just exhibit a reckless temperament and extreme, angry partisanship -- he seems to be defined by them.

The Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who purport to have any independence whatsoever, like Nebraska’s Ben Sasse and Arizona’s Jeff Flake, should be ASHAMED of themselves … but there is still time for them to do the right thing, along with the other supposedly more moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, as well as senators like Rob Portman of Ohio -- who claims to be pro-LGBTQ equality -- and Dean Heller of Nevada, who is vulnerable in his bid for reelection next year.

Sign the petition:

Thank you for speaking out!

-- Ben Betz, Digital Advocacy Director


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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