(National Sentinel)Â Divisive: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced Friday he could not support a Trump nominee to the federal bench because he’s white.
The president nominated Marvin Quattlebaum for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, but Schumer turned the nomination into a racial attack because he said he is a white man replacing two black Obama nominees.
â€œThe nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum speaks to the overall lack of diversity in President Trumpâ€™s selections for the federal judiciary,â€ Schumer complained.
â€œQuattlebaum replaces not one, but two scuttled Obama nominees who were African American,” he continued.
â€œAs of February 14th, 83 percent of the President Trumpâ€™s confirmed nominees were male, 92 percent were white. That represents the lowest share of non-white candidates in three decades,â€ he said on the Senate floor.
â€œItâ€™s long past time that the judiciary starts looking a lot more like the America it represents. Having a diversity of views and experiences on the federal bench is necessary for the equal administration of justice.
â€œIâ€™ll be voting no on the Quattlebaum nomination,â€ the New York Democrat concluded.
Critics pounced on Schumer’s statements, calling them unnecessarily divisive.
“So President Obama, who is black of course, could nominate black nominees to the federal bench and that’s okay to dividers like Schumer,” said J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief ofÂ The National Sentinel. “But if a white president nominates white candidatesÂ he’s the racist?”
Heyes went onto say that race should never be a factor in any nomination to the federal bench — and there’s no indication at all that Trump’s picks are race-based, he noted.
“The priority should not be skin color, Mr. Minority Leader, it should be competence,” Heyes continued. “Can the nominee effectively and impartially interpret federal statutes and apply them to constitutional parameters? That’s the standard, not ‘diversity of views’ and certainly not race.”
“Thanks for politicizing yet another constitutional function of the Senate,” Heyes said. “What you’re doing is unnecessarily divisive and harmful to our country.”
In January, Schumer accused President Trump of being a racist during an appearance on late-night TV with Steven Colbert.
“Look, first, Donald Trump has lied so many times itâ€™s hard to believe him on anything, let alone this,” Schumer said in reference to a question from the host about whether he thinks Trump made his “s**thole” comment regarding third-world countries like Haiti. The comment was allegedly made in reference to immigration reform legislation.
â€œMany people look at this and what the president has said and just say, â€˜OK, well, Donald Trump is a racist.â€™ Do you think that Donald Trump is a racist?â€ Colbert asked.
â€œLook, his comments over and over and over again can be described as nothing but racist and obnoxious,” said Schumer.
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