AFJ CRITICAL OF TRUMP 21: President-elect Donald Trump’s list of 21 potential Supreme Court nominees reflects a search for a kind of diversity the court lacks, CNN reported, including “a nod to judges from ‘flyover’ states, an appreciation for non-Ivy League schools and even a dash of political experience.” The report quoted our sister organization, the Alliance for Justice, as raising fundamental questions about the list:
“Nan Aron, of the liberal Alliance for Justice, has lashed out at the list saying [it] reflects a ‘radical-right’ ideology. Unlike Trump who could stress diversity on the list she points to potential nominees who ‘threaten fundamental rights’ and favor ‘the powerful and privileged'” over every day Americans.
CNN also wrote mini-profiles of each individual on the list. At The Washington Post’s PostEverything blog, Ben Adler recommended that “Democrats should filibuster anyone Trump nominates to the Supreme Court seat that was, by any reasonable read, [President] Obama’s to fill.” Taking a different view was Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., who “warned the Democratic Party not to engage in payback when it comes to President-elect Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court or they will continue to lose a significant portion of the electorate in rural states like his who helped hand Trump the presidency,” according to The Washington Examiner.
SHARPTON PLANNING D.C. RALLY: The Rev. Al Sharpton plans a Washington rally on Jan. 14 to “put the Democrats on notice that we expect them to use the nomination hearings to really go after” Trump’s choices for top jobs including Attorney General, according to The Hill. It will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial two days before the public holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader.
“Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) has emerged as the biggest target for Sharpton and other civil rights figures, after Trump picked him to lead the Justice Department,” The Hill noted. Meanwhile Mother Jones had an article headlined, “John Roberts Gutted the Voting Rights Act. Jeff Sessions is Poised to Finish It Off,” while a Washington Examiner headline said, “Five former attorneys general urge swift confirmation of Sessions.”
SUPREME COURT AND REDISTRICTING CASES: The Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases on Monday “involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia,” according to The Associated Press, and the AP said “Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote” on the eight-member court.