Update: Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the White House to withdraw Brett Talley’s nomination for judge on the U.S. District Court of Alabama due to widespread condemnation. On December 13, 2017, the Trump administration did so.
Our friends at the Alliance for Justice are warning us that Donald Trump has nominated 36 year-old pro-gun blogger Brett Talley for a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
Talley has never tried a case and has less than three years of experience practicing law. He’s an ultra-conservative GOP speechwriter who blogs.
As AFJ has noted, Talley has written things about gun violence that are horrifying. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, he embraced violent insurrectionism, writing, “having the right to bear arms is, in many ways, the ultimate right. It is action in a way that voting or speech is not, and it makes a mockery of the notion that the government has a monopoly on force. It is power, the kind ordinary citizens have not held during 99% of human history.” He also said that “certain members of the [elementary school] faculty should be armed” and paid more than other teachers.
Talley also swore allegiance to the National Rifle Association, writing, “Today I pledge my support to the NRA; financially, politically, and intellectually. I ask you to do the same. Join the NRA. They stand for all of us now, and I pray that in the coming battle for our rights, they will be victorious.”
How can this man possibly be expected to be unbiased as a judge?
Please call your two U.S. Senators through the U.S. Capitol Hotline at (202) 224-3121 and give them the following message:
Please vote NO on the nomination of Brett Talley to serve on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama should the nomination come before your committee, or to the floor of the full Senate, for a vote. Talley is a man with no real legal experience to speak of who has expressed a radical, insurrectionist view of the Second Amendment. He has also exhibited little, if any, empathy for victims and survivors of gun violence. He has no place on the federal bench. This nomination is pure graft and dangerous. It must be opposed.
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