RNLA's blog covered a wide variety of topics in 2022, and we wanted to highlight some of the top posts here. Part One focused on RNLA's top blogs on judicial issues. Part Two focuses on how unhinged the far Left has become. RNLA covered everything from cancel culture, election results denialism, and more. We hope you enjoy this recap of some of RNLA's top blog posts of 2022!
RNLA STANDS IN SUPPORT OF ILYA SHAPIRO (February 3, 2022)
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Greg Lukianoff and Adam Goldstein explained in The Washington Post:
Ilya Shapiro, recently tapped to be executive director of the Center for the Constitution at Georgetown University’s law school, turned to Twitter to express his disagreement. After identifying D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan as the “best pick,” Shapiro tweeted that Srinivasan “doesn’t fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman” and that Biden’s nominee “will always have an asterisk attached.”
The tweets generated a storm of criticism, including many claims that Shapiro is racist (an odd argument, given that he was advocating the appointment of an Indian American to the Supreme Court). Nevertheless, Shapiro deleted the offending tweets and posted an apology, which began: “I regret my poor choice of words, which undermined my message that nobody should be discriminated against for his or her skin color.”
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RNLA Chair Harmeet Dhillon said:
In seeking to sacrifice Ilya Shapiro on the altar of woke supremacy, today’s liberals bear little resemblance to traditions of liberality, curiosity, and tolerance that once were the hallmarks of American academia. The modern left seeks to silence dissenting voices, rather than protect them. Georgetown University has a chance to buck the trend of campus intolerance and divisiveness by accepting Mr. Shapiro’s heartfelt apology and moving forward as a community.
FEC NAILS DNC AND HILLARY FOR RUSSIAN DOSSIER HOAX (March 30, 2022)
The debunked and false Steele Dossier that Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Marc Elias, paid for has resulted in a stunning rebuke from the bipartisan Federal Election Commission:
The Federal Election Commission has fined the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for lying about the funding of the infamous, and discredited, Russian “dossier” used in a smear attempt against Donald Trump weeks before he shocked the world with his 2016 presidential victory.
The election agency said that Clinton and the DNC violated strict rules on describing expenditures of payments funneled to the opposition research firm Fusion GPS through their law firm.
STACEY ABRAMS WON A PRIMARY, BUT LOST ALL CREDIBILITY (May 25, 2022)
Stacey Abrams once again won the Democrat nomination for Governor of Georgia last night after running unopposed. However, she lost her credibility in the process as her claims of voter suppression were proven entirely wrong. Ever since she was defeated by over 50,000 votes in 2018, Abrams has not stopped fighting "voter suppression" in Georgia and across the nation. When Georgia’s mainstream election reforms (S.B. 202) were passed in 2021, she claimed this would result in even more voter suppression. In reality, this could not be further from the truth.
No one should listen to Stacy Abrams’ self-serving and wrong statements on voter suppression, especially not the voters of Georgia. Voter turnout broke records in Georgia yesterday in large part to S.B. 202's commonsense reforms boosting voter confidence in the integrity of the process, and that is something every Georgian should be proud of.
The leak sets a dangerous precedent for future elections, weaponizing donations to suppress support of conservative causes connected to Republican candidates:
Haley is among at least a dozen other would-be White House hopefuls— including former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence — who also have allied nonprofits bankrolled by donors whose identities have remained under wraps. . .
Such tax filings are typically closely held, as donors contribute to nonprofit groups with the understanding that their names will be kept secret.
Unfortunately, New York isn't the only state that is willing to make previously anonymous donor information public. In Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, the Supreme Court struck down California's compelled disclosure of donors on an organization's "Schedule B" form.
EVEN THE LEFT IS TIRED OF MARC ELIAS (February 2, 2022)
In a recent Election Law Blog post, liberal Professor Rick Hasen said what everyone is thinking, but no one wants to admit. Even those on the left are getting tired of Democrat election lawyer Marc Elias (of Steele dossier infamy):
Marc is a controversial figure in the election law world, and he’s become something of an online bully, castigating those who disagree with him even on issues of strategy and tactics who might be natural allies. And once Marc attacks, he has 600,000 Twitter followers who follow suit and believe (thanks in part to some of Marc’s own posts and media appearances) that Marc is singlehandedly fighting against attempts to suppress votes and subvert election outcomes. (In fact, much of this work is done by voting rights lawyers, many without any affiliation with the Democratic Party.) I get lots of messages from election lawyers and professors complaining about Marc but reluctant to voice their criticisms publicly. . .
It is fine to be zealous in one’s advocacy, but one need not be an aggressive bully on social media or elsewhere.