Watch Trump’s Shitty Judicial Nominee Historically Bungle Every Single Question

A now-viral video of GOP Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana)
grilling one of Trump’s judicial nominees revealed nominee
Matthew Peterson—an FEC commissioner with no trial
experience—to be excruciatingly incapable of answering basic
questions about the law. Following this display, one in a
string of embarrassingly unqualified (and
occasionally extremist
) nominees, Kennedy issued a single,
weary plea to the rest of the nominees up for questioning: “Any
of you blog?” And, to clarify: “Any of you ever blogged in
support of the Ku Klux Klan?”

This is all going tremendously well, isn’t it?


Trump is nominating young hyper-conservative judges to lifetime
appointments at a rather alarming rate, and Republicans, for
the most part, have supported his awful decisions. The American
Bar Association has rated at least four of his nominees “not
qualified,” but the GOP has mostly responded by
criticizing the ABA
. Two of Trump’s most extreme nominees,
however, were
recently withdrawn
—Brett Talley had never tried a case and
his wife is chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn;
he also appeared to defend the KKK on a message board and

used to be a ghost hunter
. Jeff Mateer, meanwhile, called
transgender children part of “Satan’s plan.”

“I think the president of the United States is getting some
very, very bad advice,” Sen. Kennedy
of Talley’s nomination, ostensibly referring to White
House counsel Don McGahn, who oversees the nomination process.
Matthew Peterson, the nominee being grilled by Kennedy in the
video above, worked with McGahn at the FEC (where, by the way,
they essentially kneecapped the agency, issuing “fewer
disciplinary actions and fines at a time when 501(c)4s and
super PACs flooded the political system with dark money,”

to Politico).

Sen. Kennedy, one of the few Republicans to vocally push back
against any of Trump’s nominees, appears—from the looks of this
video, at least—willing to derail another nomination. Then
again, he just voted to
Leonard Steven Grasz, unanimously rated “not
qualified” by the ABA after they
him potentially “unable to separate his role as an
advocate from that of a judge.”

So, who the hell knows?

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