We know who’s legislating in America. But what about that other branch of power — the Judicial?
Those in robes wield stunning power; yet we know very little of the personal leanings of men and women in charge of much of our country’s destiny.
As for U.S. District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves, his position toward the Right of the nation is clear.
On Thursday, the federal trial judge — who serves in southern Mississippi — compared President Donald Trump to the KKK, as well as to much-vilified Alabama segregationist George Wallace.
While accepting the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal at the University of Virginia Law School, Carlton launched into this:
“When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the south.”
I wonder if he (or much at all of our left-wing citizenry) knows the KKK came from Democrats.
As reported by PBS:
At the time of Ulysses S. Grant’s election to the presidency, white supremacists were conducting a reign of terror throughout the South. In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power.
The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865. Originally founded as a social club for former Confederate soldiers, the Klan evolved into a terrorist organization. It would be responsible for thousands of deaths, and would help to weaken the political power of Southern blacks and Republicans.
Then came Judge Reeves’s Wallace comparison:
“When the executive branch calls our courts and their work ‘stupid,’ ‘horrible,’ ‘ridiculous,’ ‘incompetent,’ ‘a laughingstock,’ and a ‘complete and total disgrace,’ you can hear the slurs and threats of executives like George Wallace echoing into the present.”
George was also, of course, a Democrat.
Carlton also recalled Trump’s lambasting of Judge Gonzalo Curiel over a civil fraud case against Trump University, aligning Trump with Mississippi integration resistor James Eastland — again, a Democratic politician:
“I know what I heard when a federal judge was called ‘very biased and unfair’ because he is ‘of Mexican heritage.’ When that judge’s ethnicity was said to prevent his issuing ‘fair rulings.’ When that judge was called a ‘hater’ simply because he is Latino. I heard the words of James Eastland, a race-baiting politician — empowered by the falsehood of white supremacy — questioning the judicial temperament of a man solely because of the color of his skin. I heard those words, and I did not know if it was 1967 or 2017.”
As pointed out by CNN, Carlton’s intense attack against POTUS is pretty unprecedented for a sitting judge.
The courts of the United States are the rubber-meets-the-road determinant of much of our future (see here, here, and here). We should know more about those presiding over them. For Carlton Wayne Reeves, it’s punishingly clear: If you’re standing before him and you’re a Trump supporter, you’re a racist.
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