Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK

There is a controversy out of the University of Virginia where federal Judge Carlton Reeves gave a scathing speech against President Donald Trump — likening his conduct to that of the Kl Klux Klan and segregationists from the Jim Crow period. The speech (accepting an award) raising troubling issues about Reeves engaging in political speech in violation of core judicial ethical rules.

A U.S. District Court Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, Reeves is an Obama appointee from 2010. He was receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law at the University of Virginia and gave a 16-page speech with 130 footnotes.

In the speech, Reeves takes thinly veiled swipes at Trump, using his unmistakable tweets to make historical comparative points:

“When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely ‘using the courts,’ you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City.”

I have previously denounced those same attacks by Trump on the courts. However, I am a legal commentator, not a sitting federal judge. Thus, the issue is not the merits but the messenger.

The most basic canons of judicial ethics dictate that judges avoid political activities and positions:

A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.

A judge shall conduct the judge’s personal and extrajudicial activities to minimize the risk of conflict with the obligations of judicial office.

A judge or candidate for judicial office shall not engage in political or campaign activity that is inconsistent with the independence, integrity, or impartiality of the judiciary.

Most judges would not give such a speech that ventured so deeply into the political debate. Reeves had justifiable anger over Trump’s attacks — a view shared privately with me by many judges. However, Reeves made the comments publicly:

“When the powerful accuse courts of ‘opening up our country to potential terrorists,’ you can hear the Southern Manifesto’s authors, smearing the judiciary for simply upholding the rights of black folk. When lawmakers say ‘we should get rid of judges,’ you can hear segregationist Senators, writing bills to strip courts of their power.”

While some may cite the recent statement of Chief Justice John Roberts to show that judges cannot be expected to remain silent in the face of acts on the courts. I do not agree. I previously wrote about the Roberts controversy. First, and foremost, Roberts’ statement was essentially one line confined to the rejecting the notion of Democratic and Republican judges. Reeves went far beyond that.

Second, this was a speech at a public event that addressed objections to the conduct and comments of a sitting president. Reeves clearly was denouncing the President’s views and rhetoric.

Finally, Reeves tied the President’s comments directly to threats and insults directed at himself personally:

“I know, because I am there. The proof is in my mailbox. In countless letters of hatred I’ve been called ‘piece of garbage,’ ‘an arrogant pompous piece of s…, ‘a disgrace,’ an ‘asshole…(who) will burn in hell,’ and the ‘embodiment of Satan himself.’”

He also ventured into judicial appointments — again an area of politics that most judge avoid: “Justice (Sonia) Sotomayor was originally a George H.W. Bush appointee. And the last Republican administration confirmed 24 black judges,” Reeves said. “This administration has confirmed one.”

The controversy is disappointing given Reeve’s moving personal story. Reeves was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He graduated in 1986 magna cum laude from Jackson State University and then attended the University of Virginia School of Law as a Ritter Scholar. When Reeves was a teenager, he cleaned the office of Judge William Henry Barbour, Jr.

The comments are, in my view, clearly inappropriate for a sitting federal judge. It is the price that must be paid for an Article III lifetime appointment as a federal judge. Judges must accept that their political views must remain private and their activities strictly apolitical. That standard was not met in this instance.

427 thoughts on “Federal Judge Attacks Trump As Adopting The Same Rhetoric and Tactics As The KKK”

  1. The 9th take an activist role? They cannot even do their own job properly why should their dismal failure infect the rest of Our Republc?

  2. “When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’

    When black uniformed dictators attack our Republic and it’s Citizens with dictates reminiscent of those that in past came from the Stalins and Hitlers of the world, going beyond the geo-judicial boundaries of their District without so much as a request for a vote by a majority of their own territory of responsibility much less the only National authority the Supreme Court

    It is the DUTY of the Citizens to strike back under their powers of 9th Amendment and their standing as the sole source of legitimate power to seek their removal having not forgotten that Federal Judges can also be impeached then tried for violations of Constitutional Law and removed.

    Thus we guard our Constitutional Republic against the depradations of foreign ideologists who seek to destroy OUR freedoms

    When courts attack our chosen Representatives as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach or worse defend representatives who have failed to uphold their Oath of Office they should not have their misdeeds shrugged aside but be disciplined for usurping the powers of both the Citizens and the Supreme Court.

    The 9th Circuit amongst others has long over reached it’s Constitutional powers not only as a group but as individuals and thus created an new schutzstaffel

    And all it would take under Constitutional Law is the assignment of three Administrative Judges not on the Supreme Court to review and reject such individual actions from the lower courts as a guard against the usurption of powers not granted.

    And further should allow not judicial bodies outside it’s control in the name of
    ‘scientific administration’ or some such weak excuse. Nor allow legislation outside the confines of the Legislative Branch nor the powers of the Executive Branch to usurp the judicial or legislative branches.

    In other words the Judicial Branch should start doing IT’s JOB

  3. Reeves is not concerned about blacks. Why else does he ignore the deadly problems within his race?


    Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 “black bodies,” in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population.

    The increase in black homicides last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

    Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks.

    1. It’s good you brought that up, J L. There should be Congressional hearings regarding Gun Violence In America. “Which guns are killing Black men” might be an all day inquiry.

      1. “Which guns are killing Black men”

        Peter, my guess is illegal guns. The next question would be which guns are saving black men. That would probably be legal guns.

        1. Okay, Alan, let’s have a hearing on that too; ‘Which guns are saving Black men’. It’s an absurd topic but maybe Republicans can recommend a gun to Black Americans.

          1. John Lott has been producing statistical studies for decades on the utility of handguns for self-defense.

            1. So Tabby can you go on record as saying that Blacks need ‘more’ guns in their communities? If so, I doubt many cops would back you up on that. Almost every good reading of urban violence would conclude that ‘too many guns’ is almost always the problem.

              But of course you’re going to come back and tell us about Chicago’s ban on guns. Like that ban is ‘the reason young Black men are dying’. Nonsense! Despite Chicago’s ban, guns are simple to find in Greater Chicago. People who don’t know that have never been there.

              1. The commonweal benefits when law-abiding people defend themselves. It doesn’t benefit when hoodlums are armed. This isn’t that difficult, Peter.

            1. Alan, if such a gun exists that should be known. It would be interesting to learn how many Blacks survived a life-threatening attack by using a certain weapon. That stat would would interest everyone.

              1. Legal guns save lives and there is no question about that.

                There is a long history of blacks wanting guns to protect themselves from whites that were members of the Democratic Party.

    2. Democrat policies destroyed the black nuclear family. Black single motherhood used to be lower than that for whites. Now, in some areas, it exceeds 95%. This is the highest risk factor for the mothers to live in poverty, and for the kids to live in poverty, drop out of school, join gangs, do drugs, commit crimes, engage in gun violence, go to jail, and/or be murdered.

      How in the world have Democrats managed to destroy the lives of millions of black people, dooming children full of promise to poverty, and lives cut short, and yet they just walk away whistling? Do you ever hear a Democrat politician apologize for what they have done to millions of black people? They argue against gun violence and the 2nd Amendment without a shred of irony that they caused this problem in the first place. They viciously oppose any Welfare reform that would stop splintering families and marginalizing fathers. Most gun violence occurs in gangs, and they created the single motherhood conveyor belt that creates gangs. And they think guns are the problem? They think giving speeches every four years to black audiences about how helpless and victimized they all are, often while mimicking a black Southern accent, and then ignoring them the rest of the time is all black Americans deserve? They come around in front of an election, promising to solve everyone’s problems. Why are times so hard in Democrat strongholds like Detroit, Flint, and Baltimore? Where is the promised Nirvannah?

      When will people learn they will not thrive on government assistance? Government housing is miserable and crime ridden. You can’t make a living on a minimum wage job, so you had better not chase employers out of your city/state. No one prospers on a government stipend in a socialist country.

      We must identify the outcome of every policy Congress and state legislators vote in, educate voters, and adjust accordingly. People never learn the outcome of how they vote, and so they keep voting self destructively.

      Above all, the black community has to do a culture shift to realign its priorities to raising children in a nuclear family. The black middle class conservative nuclear family needs to re-emerge and dominate the cultural narrative. We need to stop normalizing single motherhood. Mistakes happen and of course mothers need support. But 95% single motherhood is a problem and a driver of misery in communities. Our black American neighbors deserve better than what Democrats have been selling them. Only then will these kids have a better chance, stay in school, and grow up in safer neighborhoods. Every kid deserves their best chance to succeed.

  4. “I told you so” (Paraphrased).

    – Abraham Lincoln

    Oil and water do not mix without powerful, artificial, coercive emulsifiers, in this case, unconstitutional “Affirmative Action Privilege,” “Generational Welfare” and the entire plethora of forms of unconstitutional communistic redistribution/social engineering.

    OK, OK, hold on, Abe!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Abraham Lincoln would like to say a few words.

    Go ahead, Abe.


    “If all earthly power were given me,” said Lincoln in a speech delivered in Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854, “I should not know what to do, as to the existing institution [of slavery]. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land.” After acknowledging that this plan’s “sudden execution is impossible,” he asked whether freed blacks should be made “politically and socially our equals?” “My own feelings will not admit of this,” he said, “and [even] if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not … We can not, then, make them equals.”

    Thank you.

    – Abraham Lincoln

  5. Oh my, where to begin.

    This is not a federal judge, this is a federal charity project. This is a artificial construct as an sham judge; the product of $22 trillion taxpayer dollars unconstitutionally squandered on the “Great Society’s” “War on Poverty” (Poverty won) and the unconstitutional communistic programs of “Affirmative Action Privilege” and “Generational Welfare,” after the despotic ablation of constitutional rights, rational heritage and intrinsic merit. It is statistically impossible that, in a significantly larger pool, there are not thousands of eminently more qualified and deserving Americans eligible for this federal judgeship.

    The subject is empowered and confidant in his show of disrespect supported by the crutches of unconstitutional and communistic redistribution of wealth and social engineering. Unable to persist in a constitutional environment of freedom and merit, he covets and steals, both sins, to obtain the wealth and status created and exercised by others. It is pointless to claim he is breaking the rules when the rules were broken to ensconce him. He has no business being there and he has no business being overconfident in his insubordination. He may even spawn an inexorable “Van Jones Whitelash.”

    In an environment of competition, this faux referee would fail by relying on the outcomes obtained by the content of his capacity and character. He is compelled to appeal for “alms for the poor” claiming compensation as a phantom societal debt for the color of his skin. Thank God, no, thank Karl Marx, for “Affirmative Action Privilege” and “Generational Welfare” – for the entire American welfare state.

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    America’s societal success, as prescribed by its Founders, is not the dictatorship of a monarchy or the proletariat but freedom and free enterprise achieved through the efficiency of individual freedom, free market competition and merit – pure unadulterated merit.

  6. https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_org_democratic.html

    The Democratic Party was formed in 1792, when supporters of Thomas Jefferson began using the name Republicans, or Jeffersonian Republicans, to emphasize its anti-aristocratic policies. It adopted its present name during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson in the 1830s. In the 1840s and ’50s, the party was in conflict over extending slavery to the Western territories. Southern Democrats insisted on protecting slavery in all the territories while many Northern Democrats resisted. The party split over the slavery issue in 1860 at its Presidential convention in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Northern Democrats nominated Stephen Douglas as their candidate, and Southern Democrats adopted a pro-slavery platform and nominated John C. Breckinridge in an election campaign that would be won by Abraham Lincoln and the newly formed Republican Party. After the Civil War, most white Southerners opposed Radical Reconstruction and the Republican Party’s support of black civil and political rights.

    The Democratic Party identified itself as the “white man’s party” and demonized the Republican Party as being “Negro dominated,” even though whites were in control. Determined to re-capture the South, Southern Democrats “redeemed” state after state — sometimes peacefully, other times by fraud and violence. By 1877, when Reconstruction was officially over, the Democratic Party controlled every Southern state.

    The South remained a one-party region until the Civil Rights movement began in the 1960sNorthern Democrats, most of whom had prejudicial attitudes towards blacks,;offered no challenge to the discriminatory policies of the Southern Democrats.

    1. Today’s GOP has nothing in common with the party of Lincoln, which by the power of the Federal government forced the end of slavery on southern states and until FDR had a majority of black voters.

      As for the CR Act of 1964, it’s strongest support was from Northern Democrats.:

      Voting –

      By party and region
      Note: “Southern”, as used in this section, refers to members of Congress from the eleven states that had made up the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. “Northern” refers to members from the other 39 states, regardless of the geographic location of those states.[24]

      The original House version:

      Southern Democrats: 7–87 (7–93%)
      Southern Republicans: 0–10 (0–100%)
      Northern Democrats: 145–9 (94–6%)
      Northern Republicans: 138–24 (85–15%)

      The Senate version:

      Southern Democrats: 1–20 (5–95%) (only Ralph Yarborough of Texas voted in favor)
      Southern Republicans: 0–1 (0–100%) (John Tower of Texas)
      Northern Democrats: 45–1 (98–2%) (only Robert Byrd of West Virginia voted against)
      Northern Republicans: 27–5 (84–16%)


        1. Rosalyn, are you saying Judge Reeves is just too ignorant to know his history? You can say it here. Everyone is friendly.

            1. This ‘history’ where Republicans are the ‘natural friends of Blacks’.

              It’s called ‘revisionist’ history and it was first crafted almost as soon as Donald Trump became the Republican nominee.

              1. Revisionist history?

                Starting with Slavery the Democrats have enslaved blacks and have tried to use blacks to further their own ends.

      1. Final vote on Civil Rights Act as amended by Senate:

        Democrat majority – 153 yay, 91 nay. Republican 136 yay, 35 nay

        This was after the defeat of the Republican civil rights bill. A higher proportion of Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act than Republicans, and remember, they also voted down the groundbreaking Republican civil rights bill previously.

        Please note that African Americans started voting Democrat when the Klan was still very active. This was because the party started offering free stuff to get votes.

        Southern Democrats did not go Republican after the Civil Rights Act. I believe there was only one in Congress who changed party. The South didn’t move more towards Republican until the 1980s, when the Democrats started moving away from patriotism, and went with higher taxes. If the South was going to go Republican because of racism, then they would have all moved en masse when Democrats began openly courting the black vote.

        And how did they court that vote? Through all the free stuff, the welfare programs that destroyed the black nuclear family and fed the gang violence, gun violence, drugs, high rate of incarceration, and high crime and murder rate. They also proclaimed that the bar needed to be lowered for blacks, sending the usual Democrat message that they were incapable. Have you ever watched any of those interviews where blacks are asked what they think about Democrats claiming they cannot get ID, and that ID laws are racist? They are highly offended at the very idea. They usually say they don’t know anyone who doesn’t have ID. You can’t do much in the US without an ID.

        You never hear that the Democrat convention is racist because it requires ID. It’s just a falsehood that the Democrat politicians perpetuate. No one seems to stop and wonder why they think a black person can’t get an ID. Why would the Democrat party try so very hard to prevent anyone having to prove who they were at the polls?

        1. Karen, your “history” is nonsense. Read a book by somebody besides Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh sometime.

          By the way, are you enjoying your free tax cut money? Our grandkids will still be paying for it, but hey, they’ll figure out somebody to borrow it from.

          PS Sorry about that free wall you were promised, but it looks like ya’ll are happy to bail out the Mexicans on that one.

          1. Are you asking me, in earnest, if I am enjoying a booming economy, in which we have the lowest unemployement ever recorded for minorities?

            1. No Karen, we had the 2nd longest period of economic growth – now the longest – before your lying leader took over and juiced it with hot checks our grandkids will still be trying to pay back, but which effect no one expects to last – gdp growth for this year is projected to be 2.1% by the fed.

              You insulted almost an entire race of Americans – over 90% of blacks smartly support Democrats – and their parents and grandparents as being so stupid and selfish as to be motivated primarily by “free stuff”, as if Trump supporters like you didn’t do exactly that.

              1. No Karen, we had the 2nd longest period of economic growth – now the longest – before your lying leader took over and juiced it with hot checks

                I can never figure out if you’re pig-ignorant or just lying. Attributing contemporary dynamics to the administration in office is invariably a chancy business for the layman, but at least get a few facts straight. (Economic dynamics over the course of a business cycle is more the work of the Federal Reserve than the President and Congress).

                The ratio of the federal deficit to domestic product has been as follows:

                2007: 1.84%
                2008: 4.89%
                2009: 8.65%
                2010: 8.84%
                2011: 8.00%
                2012: 6.66%
                2013: 3.80%
                2014: 3.44%
                2015: 3.12%
                2016: 3.55%
                2017: 3.57%
                2018: 4.79%

                You can see where the Democrats took control of Congress in the ratio for 2008, and where they lost it in the ratio for 2012 et seq.

                The use of the term ‘recession’ to describe the metrics of the year 2001 is misleading (though favored by the NBER). You had five quarters in which per capita product went up and down but was close to net stagnant. There was no period of contraction lasting longer than a few months.

                The growth rate in per capita product for the completed business cycles extending from 1991 q1 to 2009 q2 was a mean of 1.6% per year. That for the incomplete cycle extending from 2009 q2 to 2017 q1 was 1.42% per year.

                1. did not begin the discussion claiming economic victory for a president, Karen did. I merely presented the facts on the length of our current growth period and projections by the Fed for expected GDP growth this year.

                  As to your stats, given that in your partisan special pleading – again, I did not do that – you failed to note that the the crash occurred in 20-08, an event that no matter what else you did would feature seriously declining tax receipts coupled with automatic spending on recession triggered spending like unemployment insurance

                  In short, get out a here with that garbage.

                  1. If you have a complaint about the numbers, take it up with the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce.

                2. Tabby, what we see on there, if your statistics mean anything, is that the Trump tax cuts caused a bump in that ratio for 2018.

                  1. The statistics mean precisely what they say.

                    Since Obama rejected the Bowles-Simpson framework, no clue why Anon wishes to paint him as a paragon of fiscal responsibility.

                3. “I can never figure out if you’re pig-ignorant or just lying.”

                  Both apply to Anon on a continuous basis

              2. Why does this meme persist that Obama caused this great recovery? Don’t you remember all the fighting about how we have to raise minimum wage because jobs were so hard to come by? Breaking records for the number of blacks on food stamps? All those people falling off the unemployment rolls because they gave up looking for work? The argument that a minimum wage had to support a middle class family now because the outlook was so poor? Why does everyone get amnesia every few years?

                “The Obama recovery of the last seven years remains the worst in postwar American history. Average gross domestic product (GDP) growth since the bottom of the recession in 2009 was barely above 2.1% per year. The average since 1949 is well above 4% per year during the previous 10 expansions.”

                “This result is not just bad, it is catastrophic. The average American should not be wondering if his or her income is a bit above or below 2007 levels. Just by historical averages, the average American should be 20% better off than in 2007. And this slow growth is settling in as a permanent new-abnormal.”


                I never said I was insulted that black people vote Democrat. I said Democrat policies were detrimental to blacks. You apply the same reasoning when you disagree with black conservatives. You claim it is against their self interests. We disagree, and I have provided facts why I believe I am correct.

                What you will note is that I have never called a black person whom I disagreed with, politically, a racist slur. It should be noted that you called black conservatives Uncle Toms in this very post. Therefore, out of the two of us, only you have shown racism.

        2. Karen, your whole narrative presumes that Blacks are childlike and don’t understand who their allies really are. And that’s what happens to consumers of right-wing media. They get dumbed-down into thinking Blacks don’t really get it.

          1. No, Peter. Democrats telling blacks they think they are incapable of getting ID is racist. Telling them they have no responsibility for their lives or chance to succeed because of white people is racist. Lowering the bar is racist. Telling them Republicans are going to put them back in chains, bringing hot sauce to an interview, or faking a black accent is racist. Democrats need to stop preaching victimhood to the black community.

            If you are going to imply that I am racist, put your money where your mouth is and prove where I have ever claimed that African Americans are less capable than anyone else. That is most certainly not what I believe. I have worked with scientists, analysts, statisticians, and research associates of all backgrounds from a wide variety of nationalities, both domestic and H1B visa workers. My major had quite a heterogenous student body. I don’t care about skin color. I care about character, how intersting their opinions are, job performance…To suggest otherwise is simply weaponization racist accusations for political purposes because you cannot or will not debate a topic.

            Democrat voters fall for the platform, in general. I don’t think they are childlike, although anyone who insults instead of debates most certainly is acting like a child. Democrats don’t get it because they hear propaganda, without an opposing point of view, from their teachers, the media, Hollywood, Social Media,..

            Getting off of benefits is very scary. In the current system, you are financially punished for doing so. Make just a hair too much, and you no longer get the assistance you’ve come to rely on. The system is not designed to ease people back on their feet.

            1. Karen, every post you write includes completely ignorant partisan insults claiming or implying inferior character traits of Democrats.

              Your level of self awareness is adolescent at best.

              1. She’s not ignorant of anything in this discussion. She’s not concise, but if you’ve complaints about that you could start with Diane or Natacha.

    2. Janet, you should write Judge Reeves and tell him all these things. You see Blacks today are confused. They don’t know Republicans are their natural allies. It could be Voter I.D. laws. Blacks don’t know Republicans are only trying to protect the voting process. So Blacks get confused and think it’s a racist plot.

      And Blacks like Judge Reeves have no idea that Democrats ran the old South. They’re confused because all the southern Whites are Republicans today. But if you could write Judge Reeves and tell him Democrats were the real racists, you could really set him straight.

      1. Good people are good to other good people. The left creates a lot of bad people and the rest if left alone are generally good.

      2. Hey, P Hill, I’d like to see you go to a black community, and declare that you believe that black people, out of all the races in the US, are incapable of getting an ID. See how that goes over.

        I saw this marvelous interview where a journalist asked college students about voter ID laws. They gave many reasons why they thought black people couldn’t get ID. Funny, they didn’t mention Asians, Indians, Native Americans, Latinos…Just black people. Then, the same journalist went to various black neighborhoods and asked them what they thought of voter ID and ID in general. They all had ID and were insulted that college students thought they couldn’t get one. Said it really sounded racist.

        You need an ID to open a bank account, cash a check, get a medical power of attorney, rent an apartment, cash a social security check…Basically, in order to be a fully functioning member of society, requires a photo ID.

        Why do you believe that black people can’t get ID? Are you racist?

        1. A poignant question from Karen to Peter:

          “Why do you believe that black people can’t get ID? Are you racist?”

          It sounds like that is exactly what Peter is but he doesn’t recognize his racism because he believes that he is superior and needs to protect those he believes are his inferiors.

        2. Karen, whatever report you saw was disingenuous.

          The voter I D issue primarily applies to Blacks born in less populated regions of the Jim Crow south. In many cases their births were never properly registered with appropriate county departments. It could have been an oversight by parents. Whatever. Because these people lived their whole lives in these backwoods areas, they may have never needed I D’s until the I D laws were passed.

          Some poor Whites in the South have also been snared by this issue. With no birth certificate, these people face a huge legal hassle getting proper I D’s. They essentially have to hire a lawyer and jump through many hoops. That’s difficult for the very poor. Which is precisely what Republicans counted on in enacting these laws. They knew that ‘X’ number of poor Blacks would be unable to ever file the proper paperwork.

          Voter I D Law are also intended to scare poor people who might be wanted on traffic warrants, or people in debt, or fathers owing child support. They’re scared by the possibility that a cop at the polling station is going to ‘run their I D’. Which sounds silly to people who have never been poor. But to the chronically poor, scenarios like that are no joke. The poor often live in fear of getting picked up for one thing or another. It’s something that middle class Whites can’t relate to.

          1. The voter I D issue primarily applies to Blacks born in less populated regions of the Jim Crow south. In many cases their births were never properly registered with appropriate county departments.

            Says who, Peter?

            1. Tabby, if you followed mainstream media none of this would come as a surprise. These stories have been out there since Voter I D laws were first imposed. But if you’re only following right-wing media you will never see them.

              Just google “Blacks have trouble getting I.D’s”. Numerous stories pop up explaining the issue.


              1. Peter, do they drive cars and collect Social Security?

                Peter, my grandmother was issued a U.S. Passport in 1966 even though she did not have a county birth certificate with a seal on it. Her brother and a close cousin signed a sworn affidavit as to her identity and that sufficed. Of course, she had my grandfather’s Social Security, his veterans pension, his civil service pension, and had had a drivers license for 60+ years.

                Everyone knows what’s up here: the ACORN types want to prevent stiffer ID requirements attending the issuance of absentee ballots.

              2. It’s time they integrated into our society if they wish. The problem is the Washington Post will point to illegals or people that want nothing to do with the rest of the world. This is a BS excuse.

                Let us hear the ages of these people without identification.

              3. “Just google “Blacks have trouble getting I.D’s”. Numerous stories pop up explaining the issue.” P Hill, be prepared for a shock. Blacks having trouble, as an entire race, getting ID, and therefore declaring ID requirements voter suppression, is just a method of getting votes. It’s not real.

                You can find someone, somewhere, of any race, who for one reason or another doesn’t have ID. Skid Row is full of people without ID, of all races.

                However, it is black people who are declared so incapable that they cannot get an ID.

                Do you know what Mr Settles has to do in order to solve this conundrum? Go by the last name on his birth certificate. If there is a disconnect between his legal name, and the name he goes by, he is going to have no end of trouble with Social Security, background checks, and what have you.

                This politicized hack piece listed a couple of anecdotal stories that are not representative of black people as a whole.

                You can’t just arbitrarily change your name. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince could not vote under Symbol. The fact that he could not vote under Symbol, being an actual symbol that he designed and that does not exist in the English language, has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with his melanin. He could only vote under his legal name, which may actually have been at some point The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

                Voter ID is to combat fraud, not voter suppression. It is the bigotry of low expectations to declare that an entire race is incapable of getting ID and functioning in society. I guess dance clubs must be for whites only, because they check ID at the door.

          2. P Hill – have you ever told a black person you don’t think they can get id? How would that come across? Why do you think that one, single, race is incapable of getting ID or afraid to use ID?

            You don’t seem concerned about Latinos, Asians, or anyone else getting ID. Just black people. That is incredibly racist to think that black people cannot get ID because of Jim Crow laws decades ago. No one prevents any black people from getting ID. You need an ID to open a bank account, cash a check, get any document notarized like a medical power of attorney, buy alcohol, go to a club, or buy cigarettes. It is very difficult to fully function in society without ID.

            Now, I don’t know about you, but I have never heard of any polling place “running” someone’s ID and arresting them on the spot. Are you saying that you think black people are all criminals, on the run from the law, and therefore too afraid to show ID to vote? (But not, say, to open a bank account or write a check?) That is very racist to claim that so many blacks are criminals that they would be afraid to prove their identity at the polling places.

            Is the DNC racist because they require ID to get into their primary?

            Middle class whites cannot relate to the constant fear of getting arrested? Any person, black, white, or Asian, who is not a criminal would not identify with the constant fear of being found out and arrested. Are you kidding? Only black criminals are afraid of being arrested?

            Convicted felons are actually stripped of the right to vote, so this would only apply to criminals who had never been caught or found guilty before, as well as to polling stations where a police officer runs a background check on each and every voter who arrives.

            Basically, you have the bigotry of low expectations, and are completely unaware that this is racist. The racist comments that you write on this topic, combined with Anon’s “Uncle Tom’s” racist slurs, just give me chills. Do you really not have any idea that this is incredibly bigoted?

            1. “Do you really not have any idea that this is incredibly bigoted?”

              The left and Democrats started off enslaving blacks and have continued their racism to the present day.

  7. Ironically, the judge underscores and plays right into one of Trump’s arguments–that the courts have become political. In modern vernacular, the proverbial self-own.

    However, inappropriate Trump’s comments may be, the judge’s logic needs more than a bit of work. Apparently, dangerous+political+overreach=KKK by implication. No leap in logic there.

    Reminds me of an NYT editorial shortly after inauguration which intimated that Trump is Hitler because of MAGA+Wall+Inauguration crowd size. Truly laughable made more so by the intellectual equivalence drawn by a reader’s comment–“I never thought of this but you are so right…Trump is like SO Hitler”. Clearly, there’s no coming back from that line of argumentation.

    There are days when you miss facts, logic, civil discourse and journalistic standards. Today is definitely one of those days.

    1. You’re right, ‘M’, it’s truly laughable that Trump spent the first weekend of his presidency claiming his inaugural crowd was bigger than Obama’s. We should have known then that Trump would be a very unstable president.

  8. “The most basic canons of judicial ethics dictate that judges avoid political activities and positions” Outrageously, these canons forbid for a judge to be a good citizen who publicly shares his opinions. Were these sterile canons designed for an Eden? Definitely not for the Earth.
    Imagine a judge passively observing Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London. His silence would look like approval unless he publicly disapprove such an action.

    Am I missing something? Or we’d better trash the canons?

    1. I didn’t forget the ring leader was Mohamed Atta & those FBI field agents who reported to Slick Willie & DOJ that something was wrong.

    2. First responder and eyewitness accounts of “explosions” preceding the collapse of the Twin Towers. Who would want America to invade the Middle East? Who benefited the most from the military dominance and protection of the American military? Who would set up, frame and assure the success of Saudis as “patsies” who were stupid enough to drive planes into buildings? Which Middle Eastern and American Intel services had the chutzpah to conceive and conduct an operation so vast and complex?

  9. Reeves is a disgrace to people of color and an enabler of the abortion industry that targets black women for abortions. Black abortions account for ~ 40% of all abortions even if Blacks comprise only 13% of the US population

    Reeves is no friend of black women and children, but a lapdog of Planned Barrenhood


    Mississippi’s only abortion clinic sued when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant (right) signed the law March 19, and U.S. Judge Carlton Reeves (left) issued a temporary restraining order. Reeves was appointed to the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi by President Barack Obama in 2010. The Mississippi law and the responding lawsuit set up a confrontation sought by abortion opponents, who are hoping federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable outside the womb.

    1. Estovir, are we to believe Black women can’t think for themselves..??

      You’re saying that Planned Parenthood finds out which Black women are pregnant, then goes to their homes and demands they get abortions..??

      1. The way Planned Parenthood projects their message is exactly that. They feel superior to a black person who they must tell what to do with their bodies and by doing so encourage bad behavior among youthful blacks that see how mom and dad handle things. Color shouldn’t count but the left always targets color.

        1. “Color shouldn’t count but the left always targets color.”

          Yup. Just like LBJ, Democrats have only one use for blacks: slavery to their power

          Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963… “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years”.

          1. Our party is highly diverse in voters, elected officials, and party officers. If we view blacks as “slaves” the vast majority of them do as well.

            Jacque doesn’t know which end is up.

            1. Anon doesn’t know or understand racism. That is a problem with one that likes to think of himself as avant-garde but is really ignorant of what racism really is. Your former participation in the movement to end racism consisted of you following a leader.

              1. We don’t need to be discussing personal biography. Bar the people posting under their own name, it’s pretty much unverifiable.

                1. Anon is only able to think about how things affect him and then generalizes. One cannot expect much more than that from him.

        2. Alan, I can tell you this:

          “If a abortion is criminalized Black women, doctors and nurses will be the first to go to jail”.

            1. Because Tabby, I know how the justice system works. Those with less money for Defense Lawyers often find themselves at the mercy of courts. And ironically, but not surprisingly, those states most likely to prosecute for abortion crimes (southern red states, for instance), have the smallest budgets for Public Defenders.

              Once abortion is criminalized, we’ll be hearing stories about children routed to foster care because their moms are serving prison time for abortion. We’ll also be hearing stories about Doctors and Nurses who lost their medical licenses because they failed to report ‘suspicious miscarriages’.

              Tabby, there will be no end to the horror stories regarding prosecutions. But the so-called ‘pro-life’ movement will have scattered to the wind. And there will be no one from their side to comment on the injustices occurring.

            1. Alan, Blacks have been prosecuted for marijuana possession at a rate that’s about 5 times greater than Whites.

              So anyone who thinks Black Women, Doctors or Nurses would do better under criminalized abortion ‘ain’t payin attention’.

              1. Alan, Blacks have been prosecuted for marijuana possession at a rate that’s about 5 times greater than Whites.

                Thanks for the ass pull. It’s been an education.

                1. Tabby, it’s more than 5 times in certain red states. Here are some numbers from 2013.

                  In Illinois, African-Americans make up 15% of the population — but account for 58% of the marijuana-possession arrests, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

                  In Alabama, African-Americans make up less than 25% of the population — but 60% of the marijuana-possession arrests, the ACLU says.

                  And in Minnesota 31% of people arrested for marijuana possession are black, while African-Americans make up just 5% of the state’s population, the organization adds.

                  Those are just some of the statistics put forth by the ACLU in a new report that the organization says shows wide racial disparities in marijuana arrest rates nationwide.

                  Using numbers it says come from FBI/Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data statistics and U.S. Census Data, the ACLU report tracks marijuana arrests by race and county in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It concludes that the nationwide rate of marijuana-possession arrests for blacks is nearly four times greater than for whites, when arrest totals are compared with proportions of the population.

                  And the ACLU says the findings show racial disparities in marijuana arrests have grown significantly over the past 10 years.
                  Counting both juvenile and adult arrests, rates for whites have remained steady at about 192 arrests per 100,000 people. But the arrest rate for blacks rose from 537 per 100,000 in 2001 to 716 per 100,000 in 2010, according to the report, meaning that proportionately, blacks are 3.7 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

                  Edited from: “ACLU: Blacks Busted For Marijuana At Much Higher Rates Than Whites”

                  CNN, 6/6/13

                  One look at these numbers shows you how Blacks would fare if abortion was criminalized.

                  1. Your choice of sources is pretty funny.

                    Peter, the authoritative data on such matters is locked up in journal articles and working papers or in government datasets. Neither the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the FBI publish survey data on something as granular as possession of mary-jane (which is very commonly the residue of plea bargaining trafficking charges).

                    It’s perfectly unremarkable for blacks to account for disproportionate shares of arrests, convictions, and remands because criminal conduct is more common in black populations. This is especially true in regard to violent crimes, where odds ratios in regard to criminal perpetration commonly exceed those of the remainder of the population by a factor of six. This is so if you collate arrest data, undertake survey research, or analyze geographic patterns in the incidence of criminal acts.

                    Even if the ACLU is competent and not cooking the books (and neither is likely to be the case), you’d expect drug charges to feature black defendants in shares in excess of their share of the population. That’s just life in this country. Deal with it.

                    1. FROM THE NAACP’S WEBSITE

                      Incarceration Trends in America

                      Between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in America increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.2 million.

                      Today, the United States makes up about 5% of the world’s population and has 21% of the world’s prisoners.

                      1 in every 37 adults in the United States, or 2.7% of the adult population, is under some form of correctional supervision.
                      CJ_StopFriskRacial Disparities in Incarceration

                      In 2014, African Americans constituted 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population.

                      African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.

                      The imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women.

                      Nationwide, African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested,

                      42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially waived to criminal court.

                      Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015.

                      If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%.

                      Drug Sentencing Disparities

                      In the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 17 million whites and 4 million African Americans reported having used an illicit drug within the last month.
                      African Americans and whites use drugs at similar rates, but the imprisonment rate of African Americans for drug charges is almost 6 times that of whites.

                      African Americans represent 12.5% of illicit drug users, but 29% of those arrested for drug offenses and 33% of those incarcerated in state facilities for drug offenses.

                      Effects of Incarceration

                      A criminal record can reduce the likelihood of a callback or job offer by nearly 50 percent. The negative impact of a criminal record is twice as large for African American applicants.
                      Infectious diseases are highly concentrated in corrections facilities: 15% of jail inmates and 22% of prisoners – compared to 5% of the general population – reported ever having tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS, or other STDs.

                      In 2012 alone, the United States spent nearly $81 billion on corrections.

                      Spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of spending on Pre‐K‐12 public education in the last thirty years.

                      Based on these numbers Blacks should be very leery of any attempt to criminalize abortion.

                    2. Typical of the loony-toons wackjobs who hang on every screech of the Pravda Faux News shills. If you can’t controvert the facts, attach the source. you types are in for a rude awakening; basing your thoughts and actions on blatant fantasy rather than facts will leave your ilk distressed and wondering “what happened to ‘Merica of the good ole days?” hannity and company think you’re all fools and treat you as such. But by all means keep on buying the commemorative silver “collector” coins that Pravda pushes to the gullible rubes and dupes who still wallow in the swill. So sorry for your loss, and your condition.

                      this is to “I only pretend to be an absurd idiot, promise” absurdity

                    3. DSS, did you notice how Peter swings in his discourse abortion (“If a abortion is criminalized Black women, doctors and nurses will be the first to go to jail”) to marijuana? Peter seems unable to control his logical facilities that are spiraling out of control.

                    4. 1. Why would anyone not employed as a press agent care what was on the NAACP’s website?

                      2. The average convict remanded to state prison serves a mean of 30 months ‘ere parole or release.

                      3. About 60% of those convicted serve NO additional time in jails or prisons. They receive time-served in the county jail or they receive social-worky ‘alternatives’. The notion the criminal justice system is too severe with hoodlums is a bit of inanity propagated by people who dislike punishment per se.

                      4. The NAACP is whining that its disrespectful for white peasants to be holding black hoodlums accountable for anything. They’re a big f***ing bore and they could improve public life by fading away.

                      5. Blacks are incarcerated at a rate 5x that of non-blacks because – collectively – their perpetration rates for serious crimes exceed those of the remainder of the population by a factor of 5. That is life in this country, Peter.

                    5. Tabby, if you’re making the cynical argument that those figures by the ACLU and NAACP are totally off base and that Blacks face no discrimination in the judicial system, you really are the most disingenuous of commenters.

                      Furthermore, your comments reflect those of a right-wing media consumer who has never seen these reports before. But these numbers that I posted have been released many times to mainstream sources. To question the accuracy of those numbers betrays complete avoidance of mainstream sources.

              2. At the rate White Liberals enslave black women to abort unborn babies to generate revenue for their plantation abortion business, it is not surprising that the majority of violent crimes against blacks are committed by blacks

                Thank Democrats for that

                1. Another indictment of the abomination represented by the day glo bozo. Cretinous scum such as yourself feel free to ooze out from under their slime-covered rock and actually believe they have something to offer real people.

                  this is to “ya, I’m a dirtbag POS, but I have a fresh ‘hannity was here’ tattoo across my lower back” jn



    From filibustering any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit, to using the blue slip to block well-qualified and noncontroversial nominees, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans led an unprecedented obstruction effort against President Obama’s nominees to the lower federal courts. This obstruction allowed President Trump to inherit 17 circuit court and 88 district court vacancies. In comparison, President Obama entered office in 2009 with just 54 vacancies.

    When Trump took office, Senate Republicans proceeded to degrade the Senate’s advice and consent role and to minimize vetting in order to fill these vacancies at an extraordinary pace. The result is that President Trump had 30 circuit court judges confirmed in his first two years, compared to just 16 for President Obama. Moreover, it is no exaggeration to say that McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley systematically destroyed Senate rules and norms in order to install overwhelmingly white, male, inexperienced Federalist Society members on the bench. These nominees have largely been united in their commitment to the advancement of ultraconservative ideological goals and to using the courts to attack access to health care; to undermine the rights of persons of color, women, LGBTQ Americans, immigrants, workers, and consumers; and to destroy environmental protections. To put it bluntly, millions of people will suffer because of rulings made by judges the Republican-controlled Senate has confirmed.

    Edited from: “Trump’s Attacks On Our Justice System”

    Recent special report from The Alliance For Justice

    1. This guy both forgets history …REid and present events Democratic obstruction. Not even worth an argument.

      1. The McConnell led Senate GOP minority broke all records for filibusters after losing the 2006 midterms and followed up with lock step votes intended to “make Obama a one term president” and culminating in stealing a SC nomination from a duly elected president. Prior to that pure obstructionism, W had received significant numbers of Democratic votes on all his major legislative initiatives, and filibusters in line with recent history.


        Anonymous’s comment reflects ignorance of his own teams efforts and history breaking obstructionism.

  11. Judge Reeves had doubtless overcome difficulties in his life. So have I and so has everyone reading this. But the accusation that Trump is racist, when he is responding to real concerns about effectively uncontrolled immigration is unworthy of Reeves’s office and whatever gravitas he’s earned on the way to it.

    Judge Reeves is upset because his patron Obama’s network of career criminals is finally being made to confront their crimes. He forgot to what he swore allegiance on appointment to his post – not to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, but the United States of America. If the current administration and the country itself are things he finds repellent – his side lost an election. Reeves can either resume the dignity of his post or find another country, one more to his liking.

    1. Well that’s your opinion. But since we’re harvesting opinions; in reality District Judge Reeves is an authentic American Patriot and public servant of the kind who represents all that is good in my beloved country. His example, dedication, and life experience are a model and inspiration to all American who love our country. You, merely another cretinous buffoon; reveling in your comical MAGA hat and wondering–without much thought–how and why your and your ignorant, racist cohort could have chained yourselves to such a criminogenic imbecile as your standard bearer and hero. So sorry for your loss, and your condition.

      this is to “but I coulda been a federal judge ifen I tweren’t such a moron” jeannie

  12. Yesterday was another hairpin turn in the crisis on the Southern Border. A 3-Judge panel of the 9th Circuit reversed the immediacy of the temporary restraining order from earlier in the week . They put off a decision until mid-next-week over whether the TRO should be in effect during the administration’s appeal.

    The decision will rest on whether the ACLU plaintiffs are likely to prevail in proving that making asylum applicants wait for their hearings in Mexico makes them face “undue risk to their lives and freedom”. The government’s argument will be just the opposite…that encouraging more migrants to travel north through Mexico as asylum seekers exposes them to extortion, rape, and indentured servitude….and murder for defying the smuggling cartels.

    The 3 Judge panel, in its caution about dictating border policy in the midst of the government’s attempts to manage the crisis, shows a modicum of responsibility. Is it possible that the ACLU is stretching things in their assertion that asylee applicants will face the same dangers in Mexico they claim to be running from in their home countries? Would they have amassed persuasive proof to present, or is their argument speculative? The USG, on the other hand, through interviews of arriving migrants, including those liberated from safehouses where held at gunpoint for ransom, and some forced into sexual servitude, can offer a factual case to bolster its justification for deterring more migrants.

    And, rarely mentioned by the media, there are regional yearly maximums on asylum awards (3000 from Caribbean/Central America) which the government can argue as justification for stopping the Central American refugee flow, already backlogged with some 800,000 open asylum applications, the majority of which are Central Americans.

    The 9th also will have to seriously consider whether it should play an activist role in weakening Homeland Security’s powers when facing down a declared National Emergency.
    That should give pause to the Court — are they willing to share the responsibility for border security? — are they in any way prepared if they intervene and things go horribly wrong?

    1. Sorry, but hannity doesn’t even play a lawyer on TV. Judges don’t render opinions based on public policy; rather, their opinions are based on the law. Pro tip: read a book, Pravda Faux News is turning what’s left of your brain into mush. So sorry for your loss, and your condition.

      this is to “but it shore sounded smarty-like when hannity said it” binkie

  13. Mespo,
    In the future, stick to The High Road. That roadmap has been presented here repeatedly by the TDS crowd, so take a lesson.
    I😇 always try to take that High Road.

    1. i really enjoy your emoticons, Tom. Keep em coming!

      Watch Pelosi accompanied by armed bodyguards as she shops with her multimillionaire husband on Rodeo Drive

  14. That’s not my point, actually. To maintain the Victim Status, there is a strong element of those who need to pretend that there’s been no progress.
    There is no end to the value of perpetual victimization for them.
    As far as cynicism, I can’t possibly be cynical when I look at the successors to the leadership of the actual Civil Rights Movement of couple of generations ago.
    There was a group of really idealistic geniuses leading the way following the death of the civil rights movement about 50 years ago.



    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 22h22 hours ago

    Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

    42,020 replies 36,127 retweets 147,224 likes
    Reply 42K Retweet 36K Like 147

    However one might feel about Sanctuary Cities, it is bizarre that a U.S. president would contemplate an extralegal scheme to punish the congressional districts of his political opponents.

    This very tweet suggests that Judge Reeves criticisms of Donald Trump are not far off base. What’s more, it’s odd that Professor Turley didn’t see the irony of condemning Reeves on the day Trump sent this tweet.

    As noted earlier, Judge Reeves criticisms of Trump reveal that minorities regard this president with great anxiety; which greatly contradicts the right-wing narrative that minorities feel beholden to Trump for ‘leading them off the Democratic planation’. Said narrative sounds like a sad joke to accomplished Blacks like Judge Carlton W. Reeves.

    1. PH says, reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.

      That would be Nancy Pelosi’s district. Nancy said she will call the cops.

      I’m more interested in knowing how a Congresswoman who makes around $200,000 a year becomes a millionaire than how a billionaire becomes President.

      1. Spanky, Pelosi’s husband is a highly successful investor with stakes in Apple, Facebook and Disney among others.

        And did you know that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is married to a Taiwanese-born woman whose father is a very rich shipping magnate? It’s true. McConnell is now a wealthy man because his father-in-law gave the couple several million dollars.

        1. PH, yeah I know…And also the real estate holdings. Flipping $11, $12, $13 million dollar real estate properties. The asylum seekers would mess up Pelosi’s bottom line.

      1. “Burden?” Another Pravda Faux News addle-brained bot. Here’s how authentic American Patriots think. So sorry for your loss, and your condition.


        Seattle isn’t afraid of immigrants, Mr. Trump

        Jenny A. Durkan, a Democrat, is mayor of Seattle.

        Here’s a message to President Trump: Seattle is not afraid of immigrants and refugees. In fact, we have always welcomed people who have faced tremendous hardships around the world. Immigrants and refugees are part of Seattle’s heritage, and they will continue to make us the city of the future.

        What does scare us? A president and federal government that would seek to weaponize a law enforcement agency to punish perceived political enemies. A would-be despot who thinks the rule of law does not apply to him.

        On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to confirm a Post report that the White House wants to place detained immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities represented by Democrats.

        In doing so, he trotted out his favorite playbook: He is demonizing immigrants and refugees to incite fear and to distract the American public from his own failures. Despite his party having control of the whole federal government for two years, Trump has utterly failed to fix our immigration system, to provide real opportunity for middle America or to improve the lives of the Americans in the places that supported him.

        It’s clear he hates the fact that the very cities he scorns are engines of innovation, opportunity and economic power. But we will not be deterred. The president’s threats won’t intimidate me as a mayor of a city with an open door, as a former federal prosecutor or as the granddaughter of a teenager who fled a war-torn, starving and impoverished country only to be welcomed in America.

        This president believes that immigrants and refugees burden our country and burden cities like ours. But he could not be more wrong.

        In Seattle, we know that our immigrant and refugee communities make our city a stronger, more vibrant place. Our immigrant neighbors make up more than 18 percent of our population, and 21 percent of our population speaks a language other than English at home. They create businesses and jobs. They create art and culture. They help teach our kids, serve in law enforcement and the military, and lead our places of faith.

        Our immigrant and refugee neighbors have helped Seattle become the fastest-growing big city in the country and become home to some of the world’s most iconic companies. And we know that today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s U.S. citizens who should have the chance to contribute to the economic, cultural and civic life of Seattle — and our nation.

        Contrary to what this president thinks, in Seattle, we have strong American values of inclusiveness and opportunity. Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this president should spend a little bit more time trying to learn from us.

        In Seattle, we have started to provide tuition-free college for our public high school graduates, regardless of a young person’s immigration status. We’re expanding internship and apprenticeship opportunities to connect all our young people with the jobs and opportunities of the future. We’re working to help tens of thousands of legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens as part of the New Citizen Campaign and our other citizenship programs. Our Ready to Work program connects people with case managers and English language education to help our immigrant and refugee neighbors gain the skills necessary to enter our booming jobs market.

        We will not allow a president who continues to threaten our shared values of inclusion, opportunity and diversity to jeopardize the health and safety of our communities. That’s why, shortly after taking office, I issued a mayoral directive strengthening Seattle’s “Welcoming City” laws that make clear that our city will not ask about — or improperly divulge information about — a resident’s immigration status. And our police officers will continue to focus on local law enforcement — not serve as federal immigration enforcement officials. This is what the president means when he uses the term “sanctuary city.”

        Our city has already taken on this president and won. When Trump and the Justice Department threatened to withhold federal funding over our policies, we beat him in court. When he announced his cruel plan to separate children and families, Democratic mayors stood up to say we are better than this as a country.

        So if this president wants to send immigrants and refugees to Seattle and other welcoming cities, let me be clear: We will do what we have always done, and we will be stronger for it. And it will only strengthen our commitment to fighting for the dignity of every person. We will not allow any administration to use the power of America to destroy the promise of America.

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