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The Top 5 Most Offensive Statements from Trump’s Judicial Nominees
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The Top 5 Most Offensive Statements from Trump’s Judicial Nominees

Authors Michele Jawando and Billy Corriher compile a list of offensive remarks spoken by John Bush and Damien Schiff, two of President Donald Trump's nominees for positions as federal judges.

President Trump is famous for his online outbursts—the first president who tweets out attacks against his critics and against judges whose rulings he does not like. President Trump recently nominated two lawyers with a history of offensive online remarks, in addition to statements in legal briefs, to lifetime positions as federal judges. The progressive People for the American Way warned that the nominees’ blog posts “traffic in classic right-wing tropes about women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, and the place of the judicial system.” The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nominees on Wednesday.

John Bush, a nominee for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is very close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. His wife was on the board of directors of a group that raised millions to support Sen. McConnell’s 2014 reelection, and Bush approached Sen. McConnell about being a judge after the 2016 election. Bush, who blogged for “Elephants in the Bluegrass” under a pseudonym, has also been criticized for belonging to a club that was sued in 1999 for discriminating against African Americans. Bush did not mention this in response to the Judiciary Committee’s question about whether he had ever belonged to a club that discriminates on the basis of race, gender, or religion.

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Michele L. Jawando

Vice President

Billy Corriher

Deputy Director, Legal Progress