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.”