Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Wednesday slammed Joe Biden’s seemingly far-left judicial nominee, who was chosen to serve as a circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
The Missouri lawmaker pointed out the record of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — after nominee Nancy Abudu admitted she joined the organization in 2019.
“2019 was the year the SPLC paid $3.4 million in response to defamation lawsuits. 2019 was the year Charity Watch gave your organization an F-rating. The SPLC has been labeled by the left-wing policy journal, Current Affairs, as ‘an outright fraud that uses deception designed to scare liberals into writing checks’. The progressive journalist Alexander Cockburn said this about SPLC, ‘I regard it, the Southern Poverty Law Center, collectively as one of the greatest frauds in American life'”, Senator Hawley told Biden’s nominee.
“Liberal death penalty abolitionist Stephen Bright refused to accept an award named after the founder of the SPLC, saying in his words, ‘The SPLC has long been run by a conman and a fraud’. … Also in 2019, SPLC employees told the press, ‘We’re part of a con and we knew it’. That’s in a New Yorker article, not a right wing journal,” the Missouri Senator said.
“Are you concerned by any of these record of the organization that you work for?” he asked Nancy Abudu.
Biden’s nominee deflected from the question, prompting Senator Hawley to interject. “Are you concerned Charity Watch gave you an F — that you had to pay 3.4 million dollars in response to defamation lawsuits, that you’re organization has been criticized as a fraud and a con job, and that you work for an organization that says ‘it’s their goal in life to completely destroy their opponents?'” Continued Below
“None of that give you any pause?” Mr. Hawley asked Abudu.
“My work with the Southern Poverty Law Center is to uphold the Constitutional rights of individuals, who without pro-bono counsel, would not be able to have access to justice,” she replied.
Senator Hawley sharply responded back: “I have to tell you: I find your answers absolutely extraordinary. I can’t believe you’ve been nominated for this position. I can’t believe that the President of the United States would nominate someone from this organization, with this record.” Video Below
“And I can’t believe that you would sit here today and refuse to condemn this hateful, frankly violent, rhetoric from this organization with this record. It’s astounding to me,” Senator Hawley added.
"I can't believe you've been nominated for this position. I can't believe that the President of the United States would nominate someone from [the Southern Poverty Law Center] with this record," says @HawleyMO to Biden's latest far-left judicial nominee pic.twitter.com/JBI9z4YaXP
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Senator Josh Hawley’s full exchange with Joe Biden’s nominee: