By Ted Cruz for RealClearPolitics
Two attorneys with the infamous Southern Poverty Legislation Middle have been within the information in latest weeks. One is dealing with home terrorism costs; the opposite is votes away from a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.
The SPLC totally helps each attorneys: Thomas Webb Jurgens, a suspected Antifa terrorist arrested and charged for his involvement in a violent riot in opposition to the police in Atlanta, Ga., and Nancy Abudu, the SPLC’s director for strategic litigation, whose job entails overseeing the entire SPLC’s authorized work – together with its particular litigation associated to “hate teams.” Abudu is at the moment a nominee for the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit awaiting a affirmation vote by the U.S. Senate.
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Most organizations would, at a minimal, droop an worker engaged in doubtlessly prison conduct, as Jurgens was throughout 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 launched a joint assertion with one other radical group, the Nationwide Legal professionals Guild. As a substitute of condemning the violence in opposition to cops that happened, the SPLC denounced Jurgens’ arrest as “a part of ongoing state repression and violence” and urged the “de-escalation of violence … in opposition to Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.” The assertion is ironic, on condition 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 the case of the SPLC, which has an extended monitor document of smearing its political opponents and placing them in hurt’s method. In 2012, a gunman entered the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the conservative Household Analysis Council seeking to kill as many FRC workers as doable, and shot a safety guard. The gunman later instructed 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 hearth 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 an inventory of Republican candidates who SPLC mentioned held “open white supremacist, nativist, anti-LGBT or antigovernment” views. This record 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 “Subject Information to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Within the phrases of Mr. Nawaz, the SPLC “put a goal on my head,” leading to demise threats. And simply this week, a federal decide denied SPLC’s movement to dismiss a defamation lawsuit introduced in opposition to them by a coalition that works to safe our borders, which SPLC has labeled a “hate group,” which 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. The truth is, proper after Ms. Abudu joined the SPLC as a senior chief, the outfit’s co-founder Morris Dees and longtime president Richard Cohen have been each ousted for what workers referred to as “a systemic tradition of racism and sexism inside its office.” In response to at the least one former staffer who spoke out, the scenario there may be nonetheless each bit as poisonous regardless of a harm management marketing campaign led by political operative Tina Tchen, whose underhanded techniques embody working cowl for Andrew Cuomo, which has just lately come to mild.
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 prime attorneys.
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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 mentioned 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 “all the things that’s flawed with liberalism.”
I ask my colleagues within the Senate to mirror on the message it will 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 tough to seek 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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