Courtesy Scissorhead @AndyIsbell on Twitter
The AP tells us...
President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation’s highest court.
Judge William Pryor, an Alabama-based judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, met with Trump in New York on Saturday, said two people familiar with the meeting. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not been publicly announced…
…He was the Alabama’s attorney general from 1997 to 2004. His predecessor in that job, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney general, and the two — both natives of the city of Mobile, are said to have a close working relationship.
In a statement in 2005 following Pryor’s nomination to the Eleventh Circuit, Sessions hailed Pryor as someone who “personally does not believe in abortion. He does not believe it is right. He believes it is wrong.”
So, who is this guy?
One possible Supreme Court nominee whom Trump has specifically praised is William H. Pryor, selected by President George W. Bush to be on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Formerly Alabama’s attorney general, Pryor has a history of extreme right-wing activism, severely criticizing not just women’s right to choose under Roe v. Wade but even the constitutionality of the New Deal.
Pryor has called Roe the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law.” He has claimed that with the New Deal and other measures, the U.S. has “strayed too far in the expansion of the federal government,” and asserted that it “should not be in the business of public education nor the control of street crime.” As a judge, he has helped uphold a restrictive Georgia voter ID law and joined just one other judge on the 11th Circuit in claiming that “racially disparate effects” should not be enoughto prove a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, even though the Supreme Court has ruled precisely the opposite.
Lambda Legal knows him well, too: Saying William Pryor Is the ‘Most Demonstrably Antigay Judicial Nominee in Recent Memory,’ Lambda Legal Opposes Nomination To Federal Appeals Court
In a summary of Pryor’s record released today, Lambda Legal said he has repeatedly shown clear hostility to the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV – and also to women, people of color, disabled people and others. Pryor has been nominated to the appeals court before but failed to win Senate confirmation, largely because of his extreme judicial views. After Pryor’s nomination failed, President Bush temporarily placed Pryor on the court while the Senate was briefly in recess. Earlier this year, President Bush again nominated Pryor to serve permanently on the Eleventh Circuit of the federal appeals court (whose judges hear a wide range of cases appealed from trial-level federal courts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama).
The Senate Judiciary Committee has already held hearings on his nomination and a vote by the committee is expected soon. “William Pryor is the most demonstrably antigay judicial nominee in recent memory. It’s clear from his record that William Pryor does not belong on the federal appeals court,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal. In particular, Cathcart cited several major cases where Pryor put animosity toward LGBT people ahead of constitutional and legal principles. For example, when Pryor served as Alabama’s attorney general, he wrote a friend-of-the-court brief defending Texas’s antigay sodomy law in Lawrence v. Texas, Lambda Legal’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. In that brief, Pryor made comparisons between the rights of gay people and “prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia.” Years earlier, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Romer v. Evans that a state cannot broadly prohibit local antidiscrimination ordinances barring antigay discrimination, Pryor said the ruling shows “new rules for political correctness.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has described Pryor as a “right-wing zealot [who] is unfit for confirmation.”
So, we know that he is a protégé of racist Sen. Sessions, a misogynist, a homophobe, and a theocrat.
I’m so glad the Puritopians decided to not sully themselves by voting for the less-than-perfect candidate Hillary Clinton. They can sleep well at night because none of the Hell that they’ve unleashed on the rest of the country will ever invade their dreams. That’s white privilege.