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Naming and shaming the Federalist Society

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was forced to face a giant screen featuring the testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct during his confirmation hearings, upon arriving to his first high-profile speech since joining the bench last year.


The video was played on loop on a huge screen outside Washington’s Union Station while more than 3,000 members of the Federal Society were filing in to attend the conservative legal organization’s annual gala. This year’s event was dedicated to the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

A long line of dinner guests, many in tuxedos and gowns, were met with cries of “Hey hey, ho ho! Kavanaugh has got to go!” and “I believe Dr. Ford! I believe Anita Hill!” Other attendees snaked by dozens of protesters dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets — the uniform of reproductive slavery in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel turned television show, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” A massive banner nearby read “Kavanaugh lied.”

. . . “You can claim to respect survivors of sexual assault or you can pay for a celebration of Brett Kavanaugh, but you can’t do both. Any organization that doesn’t want to be complicit in normalizing Kavanaugh should withdraw its support from The Federalist Society and pledge not to give in the future,” Katie O’Connor, Senior Counsel for Demand Justice, said in a statement.

Exactly right. Whatever else it might have once been, the Federalist Society is now just another front for the Trump racket, and any voluntary association with it should be treated as support for Donald Trump and his lawless authoritarian ethno-nationalism.

(See e.g. this incredible piece of fascist propaganda by the organization’s co-founder, law professor Steve Calabresi).

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