By Ted Cruz for RealClearPolitics
Two attorneys with the infamous Southern Poverty Legislation Middle have been within the information in current weeks. One is dealing with home terrorism expenses; the opposite is votes away from a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.
The SPLC absolutely helps each attorneys: Thomas Webb Jurgens, a suspected Antifa terrorist arrested and charged for his involvement in a violent riot towards the police in Atlanta, Ga., and Nancy Abudu, the SPLC’s director for strategic litigation, whose job includes overseeing the entire SPLC’s authorized work – together with its particular litigation associated to “hate teams.” Abudu is presently a nominee for the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit awaiting a affirmation vote by the U.S. Senate.
Most organizations would, at a minimal, droop an worker engaged in doubtlessly legal conduct, as Jurgens was in the course of the violent assault in Atlanta in early March. However not solely has the SPLC allowed him to retain his place, it has did not condemn the horrific violence.
Inside hours of Jurgens’ arrest, the SPLC released a joint statement with one other radical group, the Nationwide Attorneys Guild. As a substitute of condemning the violence towards law enforcement officials that happened, the SPLC denounced Jurgens’ arrest as “a part of ongoing state repression and violence” and urged the “de-escalation of violence … towards Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.” The assertion is ironic, provided that Jurgens was engaged in terroristic and violent conduct towards those that danger their lives day by day for public security, together with these from black, brown, and indigenous communities.
Sadly, such egregious and violence-inducing actions are par for the course in terms of the SPLC, which has a protracted monitor document of smearing its political opponents and placing them in hurt’s manner. In 2012, a gunman entered the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the conservative Household Analysis Council seeking to kill as many FRC workers as attainable, and shot a safety guard. The gunman later advised the FBI that he had focused the Household Analysis Council as a result of the SPLC had labeled it a “hate group.” Equally, the gunman who opened fireplace on Republican lawmakers and almost killed now-Home Majority Chief Steve Scalise in 2017 additionally adopted the SPLC’s work.
The SPLC has additionally taken intention at public figures. In a February 2019 article titled “Hate Goes to Washington,” the SPLC curated a listing of Republican candidates who SPLC stated held “open white supremacist, nativist, anti-LGBT or antigovernment” views. This listing included myself, in addition to my colleagues Josh Hawley and Marsha Blackburn.
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It’s not simply conservatives who’ve been on the receiving finish of the SPLC’s hatred. In 2018, the SPLC paid a $3.375 million settlement to Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz, who has devoted his life to advocating for a nonviolent expression of the Islamic religion. The SPLC had included Mr. Nawaz – in addition to human rights advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali – on its so-called “Area Information to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Within the phrases of Mr. Nawaz, the SPLC “put a goal on my head,” leading to death threats. And simply this week, a federal decide denied SPLC’s movement to dismiss a defamation lawsuit introduced towards them by a coalition that works to safe our borders, which SPLC has labeled a “hate group,” that means the case will go to trial.
That’s not all. The inner corruption – together with racism, sexism, and sexual harassment – throughout the SPLC is rampant. Actually, proper after Ms. Abudu joined the SPLC as a senior chief, the outfit’s co-founder Morris Dees and longtime president Richard Cohen had been each ousted for what workers known as “a systemic culture of racism and sexism within its workplace.” In keeping with no less than one former staffer who spoke out, the state of affairs there’s nonetheless each bit as poisonous regardless of a harm management marketing campaign led by political operative Tina Tchen, whose underhanded tactics embody working cowl for Andrew Cuomo, which has just lately come to gentle.
The violence impressed by the SPLC, to not point out its inner corruption, ought to disqualify Abudu from a lifetime appointment to the federal bench, given her position as one of many group’s high attorneys.
Shockingly, when questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee on which I serve, Abudu repeatedly refused to sentence the SPLC’s violence-inspiring rhetoric. As a substitute, she repeatedly stated how proud she is to work for a corporation that has been discredited by investigative journalists and commentators from throughout the political spectrum for years and what even progressives have dubbed “every little thing that’s unsuitable with liberalism.”
I ask my colleagues within the Senate to replicate on the message it could ship to the folks we characterize ought to we verify somebody from such a corrupt group to the federal bench.
At a time when it’s typically troublesome to search out factors of settlement, certainly we will all agree that it’s time to chop ties with the SPLC, its entanglement with racism and sexual harassment, and its marketing campaign of hate and home terrorism.
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