Trump allies accuse critics of smearing top court pick: “deliberate distortion?’

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President Trump nominated for a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was denigrated, in the last days as a racist and a misogynist, the liberal experts and organizations-but also conservative allies claim that the attacks to a smear campaign and gross distortion of his last writings.

The attacks against the judicial nominees Steven Menashi picked up last week with a segment from MSNBC Rachel Maddow, the host discussed a 2010 article Menashi wrote to the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, entitled “ethno-nationalism and liberal democracy.”


Maddow began her discussion by comparing the concept of “ethno-nationalism” to white nationalism.

“To talk about what I think you are talking about? Oh, Yes, you are,” Maddow said, also claimed that the article “ends with this kind of war cry, how a country can function, as is definitely the democracy can not work unless the country is defined by a unification of the breed.”

Menashi’s article says nothing about democracy requires that the people be of the same race. What the article is about – and what is not mentioned Maddow – is the reconciliation of the liberal-democratic ideal, with the idea of Israel as a Jewish state. Menashi, of the Jewish and of Iraqi descent, is of the opinion that Israel is not a Jewish state, unlike other countries, the establishment of a state for the citizens of a common origin. While Israel does not grant preference to Jews when it comes to the granting of citizenship, he argues, once people are citizens of Israel enjoy the same rights, regardless of religion or origin.

Trump judicial nominees Steven Menashi has in the face of intense criticism from the left. (George Mason University)

Still, Maddow described Menashi, “the academic drum major for ethno-nationalism” and on the “edge of racial thinking.”

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and director of the conservative judicial crisis network, accused Maddow of Mensahi article as “the exact opposite” of what he said, question me, whether it’s “deliberate distortion.”

The Republican Jewish coalition called Maddow’s report “, which is to say both ignorant of & to be defamatory,” she accused, “an Iraqi Jew, racism, because you can’t understand, the highly skilled social scientific evidence cited in his law review article published by @Penn.”

Maddow also claims that Menashi once repeated a false story that General John Pershing used “bullets dipped in pig fat to kill” Muslim terrorists.” Maddow claims that Menashi, wrote about this story “in the course of his scientific career” – but lawyer Ed Whelan wrote in National Review that this was not only from the context, but it was not during his academic career. Rather, Menashi not discussed it in a book review before the beginning of the law school, and after the completion of college, when he was a law professor. Whelan also noted that Menashi approve of the methods that are described in the story.

“Nowhere in his book review Menashi concerns argue in favor of such anti-terrorism tactics,” Whelan wrote. “On the contrary, he faults the author, whose book he is reviewing for the promotion of a given of American power,” would divorce itself from a special concern for human rights “and immoral” sanctions[ing] brutal tactics to maintain order.'”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for Trump to resist Menashi ‘ s call for nomination, citing Maddow’s report.

“While our nation from the growing threat of white supremacy and white nationalism faced, it is irresponsible that President Trump it will be a racist Islamophobe like Menashi to a life-of-court position,” CAIR government affairs director Robert McCaw said in a statement. “The American democracy is based on the principle that our rich are celebrated national diversity, and that we, as a people, United by our shared experiences and principles, not of our race or ethnic origin.”

CNN also discussed Menashi ‘ to write s past, with an Aug. 22 article delving into his college work. The network said Menashi “has a history of denunciation of women’s marches against sexual assault, the dismissal of education about multicultural awareness and throws a big LGBTQ group, of the exploitation of the brutal murder of a gay student for political purposes.”

Menashi’s college article, discussed the women “Take Back the Night” March is not to defend sexual coercion; rather, the March was quoted as an example of instances on the Dartmouth campus, he said, deal with the negative generalizations of men. In the discussion, such as a magazine Dartmouth included claims under the “ten most anti-male schools,” Menashi, that the marches “in charge of the majority of the male students with complicity in rape and sexual violence.”

His reference to the LGBTQ group Human Rights Campaign in a 2001 Dartmouth Review article was part of a larger discussion of the attention, the murdered was the case of Matthew Shepard – who, because they have attacked gay — in comparison with the Jesse Dirkhising, a young boy, sexually and killed by a gay couple.


Menashi, in fact, was accusing to say that the Human Rights Campaign was “appreciation of life, instrumental version, according to political calculations.” Menashi claims to promote, while the group had no problem with the Shepard case your interests are, you tried to stay away from the discussion about the case Dirkhising. He accused the media to do the same thing.

He claimed that the left-covered leaning outlets, the Shephard murder, because it supports the cause of gay rights, but feared that the coverage of the Dirkhising would promote the case of a negative view on gay people that would have said Menashi no basis in reality. on the same issue of the media treatment of the two cases in the year 1999, the examination of their own lack of reporting the Dirkhising is touched. Ultimately, the time is argued piece, “The reason the Dirkhising story have so little game, because there is no teaching.”

Severino claims that the media “intentionally his college newspaper-article”, they said, distort on the basis of “an intellectual and powerful indictment of the political correctness and identity politics[.]”

Neither CNN nor MSNBC immediately responded to Fox News’ requests for comment on their reports to Menashi.


Severino claims that the media is the treatment of Menashi, in accordance with a pattern of Democrats on the judicial picks to go after the Reputation of the Trump.

The judicial crisis was at the top of the justice Brett Kavanaugh trailer, when he, in the face of allegations of sexual assaults during his Supreme court confirmation process.

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