When Justice Clarence Thomas was going through the confirmation process, Democrats orchestrated false allegations that Thomas had harassed a former employee, Anita Hill, in an effort to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court. The character assassination was led by none other than then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden. The remarkable thing is that Biden did not even believe Hill, but he chose to use her testimony anyways. Mark Paoletta, who worked on Justice Thomas' confirmation, recalled one specific instance where then-Senator Biden pressured Hill to change her testimony to fit the Democrats' attacks on Justice Thomas:
Hill, who had been discussing in detail alleged conversations with Thomas and others that happened many years earlier, told Specter she could not remember any such conversations. According to Specter:
After this exchange Biden recessed the committee. Biden told me in November 1998, ‘It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, she was lying.’
‘At that point I truncated the hearing and recessed it early for lunch,’ Biden said. ‘I turned to my chief of staff and said, ‘Go down and tell her lawyers that if her recollection is not refreshed by the time she gets back, I will be compelled to pursue the same line of questioning the Senator [Specter] did. Because it seems to me, she did what he said.’’
Sure enough, when Hill came back to testify after the lunch break, she had changed her story. Hill’s efforts to say she had not lied or changed her story perfectly demonstrates how she was willing to lie about everything, and why men and women overwhelmingly did not believe her, including Biden.
After Thomas was confirmed, Biden reportedly called Justice Thomas to congratulate him, calling him a "person of character."
The willingness to misrepresent the truth is a broader problem on the left. Take for instance, Nancy Abudu. Abudu is presumed to be on the shortlist to replace Supreme Court Justice Breyer and is currently a nominee to fill a vacancy on the Eleventh Circuit. Abudu works as the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) Strategic Litigation Director.
SPLC is known for defaming groups and individuals it disagrees with:
Amid this scandal, a former staffer came forward, claiming that the SPLC uses its "hate group" accusation to exaggerate hate in a fundraising scheme to "bilk" donors. Critics have claimed that the SPLC brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations "hate groups," placing them on a list and a map with truly hateful organizations like the Ku Klux Klan.
In August 2012, a terrorist targeted the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C, planning to shoot everyone in the building and put a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich by each victim's head. The shooter opened fire, striking a security guard, who successfully tackled him until police arrived, preventing the intended massacre. The shooter, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges including terrorism, told the FBI that he found FRC on the SPLC's "hate map." The SPLC condemned the shooting, but it has kept FRC on the "hate map."
The SPLC has faced multiple defamation lawsuits over its "hate" and "extremist" labeling. In 2018, the SPLC paid $3.375 million and issued a groveling apology after branding Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz an "Anti-Muslim Extremist." The Supreme Court is currently considering whether to take up a Christian ministry's defamation lawsuit challenging the "hate group" accusation.
In her role, Abudu shares responsibility in managing litigation related to so-called "hate groups."
There's no doubt that these concerns (and others the RNLA has previously discussed) with Abudu's record will surface during her confirmation hearing, be it for the Supreme Court or the Eleventh Circuit.
Democrats will likely accuse Republicans of being harsh and untruthful about Abudu's record just as they have done with other controversial Biden nominees.
But the difference between Republican and Democrat senators is that Republican leadership has already vowed to treat Biden's nominee with respect, regardless of how radical her record is:
Cornyn then spoke of “respectful” treatment. “Unlike some of the mudslinging we saw during the confirmation of Justice [Brett M.] Kavanaugh, I expect this process to be fair and dignified,” Cornyn said.
McConnell emerged from a Republican policy lunch Tuesday and told reporters that it’s hard to comment on a nominee until one is named, but to anticipate the Republican minority will “treat a nominee with respect and going through the process, you know, in a serious and thoughtful way.”
Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota followed up a minute later to add that “we will make sure that whoever he ultimately nominates, it’s a through, fair vetting, respectful process.”
President Biden, unfortunately, had no problem baselessly attacking the character of Justice Thomas 30 years ago for his own political gain. Republicans will not do the same for Justice Breyer’s replacement and will treat the nominee with the dignity and respect they deserve regardless of what her positions are.