We had this with Neera Tanden, whose nomination sank, not because of her political extremism, but because of what she tweeted about Republicans.
Now here we go again.
Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said that while Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, has performed “admirable” work in the past, her past comments about Republicans gave him concerns over whether she could fill a critical Justice Department position.
“Her Twitter feed has painted Republicans with a broad brush, describing our national convention last year as three nights of quote-unquote ‘racism, xenophobia, and outrageous lies,'” Grassley said during his opening remarks. “How many of our colleagues in this room were there? Of course Ms. Gupta has in fact launched Twitter attacks on some of them directly. Will that kind of partisan political advocacy affect her legal advocacy in her role where she represents all Americans?”
Does anyone seriously believe that any Biden nominee, or frankly any Democrat nominee who comes out of the same factory of leftist non-profits, law firms, and activist groups, is there to represent all Americans? There are Republican nominees who still believe that sort of thing. I doubt any Democrats do, except to the extent of viewing their partisan political agenda as ultimately being good for all Americans.
The issue with Gupta or any nominee isn’t what they tweeted. That’s a stupid and petty argument that reveals a self-involved Senate. Some Senate members, like Senator Tom Cotton above, are asking the rights questions, but the top dogs are staying laser-focused on her Twitter feed.
The issue with Gupta is her political extremism and how that translates into policy. You know, policy, that thing we elect legislators to work on, instead of spending their time on Twitter or holding meaningless hearings investigating and probing things.
The Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has filed a brief in a federal court arguing that requiring bail, the money accused criminals must post to be released from jail, is discriminatory. To support their legal position, the Justice Department cites studies published by the George Soros funded Open Society Institute.
The brief was filed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
Gupta supports police defunding. She blamed the race riots on slavery. She believes in going as easy on criminals as possible. These are things that actually matter and her pro-crime policies will affect people’s lives.
Maybe the Senate should focus on that instead.