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More compelling evidence that Trump’s federal court nominee for NC is the wrong man for the job

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, be sure to check out a story by Anne Blythe and Brian Murphy in Raleigh’s News & Observer about the passionate and growing opposition to Thomas Farr, Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the decade-old vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench in North Carolina’s Eastern District. As the story highlights, there are real questions about whether Farr misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his past involvement in voter suppression activities while working for the Jesse Helms campaign back in 1990. For more information on this check out “Did Thomas Farr mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee? Calls mount for full explanation.”

And yesterday, the New York Times featured a scathing and on-the-money takedown of Farr by Rev. William Barber. In “Trump’s Terrible Choice for Judge,” Barber details Farr’s dreadful career in service of the far right. He concludes this way:

“African-Americans seeking to have their rights protected under federal law have much to fear if Mr. Farr takes the bench. This is particularly the case in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which covers an area where about half of the state’s African-American residents live and is often referred to as its Black Belt. The Eastern District has not had a black judge in its 145-year history. President Barack Obama’s attempts to desegregate this federal bench were obstructed by Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, who blocked the vote on two highly qualified female African-American nominees and who now supports Mr. Farr’s nomination to the Eastern District.

Senators from both sides of the aisle must condemn the experience Mr. Farr brings with him. Having practiced white supremacy for decades, Mr. Farr is not likely to withdraw. Every senator who condemned the racism on display in Charlottesville must vote to prevent it from having power in the federal judiciary.”

Click here to listen to a brief audio assessment of Farr’s nomination and here for more detailed (and disturbing) background.


  1. richard manyes

    December 30, 2017 at 7:57 am

    The reason T Farr is so reviled is because he is so smart. The left knows he has successfully used their own arguments on the voter rights’ act against them when he developed the legal defense of NC’s voter maps.

    Tom Farr did exactly what the left claimed the voter rights’ act must do – ensure minority representation. Now that the maps did too good a job at that – that is, some districts were heavily Dem controlled – leaving a larger number of other districts GOP controlled – the left is upset – it is very much like watching a dog caught in a trap be forced to chew off its paw to escape. The question is begged for Dems – do you NOT want to ensure minority representation?

  2. Alan

    January 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

    The real reason Mr. Farr is so reviled is simply a matter of the opinions he holds, and what (and who) he represents. It’s comically absurd to state Mr. Farr’s actions were an effort to ensure minority representation, the classic GOP mindset of up is down, down is up thinking. Conversely, what the GOP is terrified of is free and fair elections, void of voter suppression, intimidation and unhindered by political intervention. The nomination of Mr. Farr is yet another attempt to pack the courts with like minded regressives, all too prepared to “legislate from the bench” when they cannot achieve their goal at the ballot box.

  3. Jim Aycock

    January 2, 2018 at 9:43 am

    GOPism can be expressed in one sentence. Incapable of feeling guilt or shame, their goals are so (self)righteous that any means whatever are justified to achieve them.
    Jim Aycock, Asheville, NC

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