President-elect Donald Trump has begun interviewing potential nominees to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the individual leading the pack reportedly happens to be a die-hard conservative who once derided Roe v. Wade as “an abomination.”
Moreover, the president-elect met with this particular firebrand, Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in New York on Saturday, according to Above the Law, a legal news site previously ranked by the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100 web sites “by lawyers, for lawyers.”
This meeting likely did not please the far left, whose litany of civil rights, LGBT and pro-choice groups have displayed “strong opposition” to his potential nomination due to his position on abortion as well as other hot-button issues.
As noted by Newsweek in December, Pryor supported voter ID laws, opposed Obamacare’s contraception mandate and was a fierce critic of attempts to weaken the Second Amendment. In fact, 16 years ago the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action awarded him with its highest tribute: the Harlon B. Carter Legislative Achievement Award.
While the left has predictably tried to tie Pryor’s support of voter ID laws to alleged anti-black racism, the reality could not be further from the truth. If anything, the appeals court judge deserves praise for “his constant efforts to help the causes of blacks in Alabama,” black Democrat state representative Alvin Holmes said, according to Newsweek.
As the attorney general of Alabama from 1997 to 2004, Pryor reportedly helped abolish the state’s ban on interracial marriages. He also authored legislation to enact stricter penalties for cross burning.
The guy is a true conservative — so much so that even the intellectual heavyweights at National Review admitted two months ago that he was “the most rock-ribbed conservative of any potential Supreme Court appointee.”
“His ideological mooring makes him hugely appealing to elements of the conservative movement who have felt betrayed by Chief Justice John Roberts and are looking for the next Republican nominee to be an absolute slam-dunk,” National Review argued. “Pryor would certainly be that.”
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