The nation’s leading racial justice legal organization announced that it is opposing President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee Steven Menashi, an already contentious court pick drawing the ire of progressives and at least one key Senate Republican.
“On behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), I write to strongly oppose the confirmation of Mr. Steven Menashi for a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals,” said the group’s president, Sherrilyn Ifill, in a Friday letter to Senate leaders.
Menashi “has dedicated the majority of his legal career to rolling back critical civil rights protections for minority communities. He has an extensive portfolio of writings which offend and demean almost all protected classes, including the African-American community,” Ifill said. “During his confirmation hearing, Mr. Menashi made no serious effort to assuage any of the concerns of the civil rights community.”