Trump Judicial Nominee Withdraws After Embarrassing Hearing

Image via NBC News.
Image via NBC News.

Trump judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen, an FEC commissioner who apparently lacks any of the relevant experience required to be a federal judge, will no longer seek the position.

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On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shared clip of Petersen’s hearing, in which Republican Sen. John Kennedy gently asked Petersen about his experience and familiarity with legal terms...of which Petersen had none:

Kennedy: Have you ever taken a deposition by yourself?

Petersen: I believe no.

Kennedy: Have you ever argued a motion in state court?

Petersen: I have not.

Kennedy: Have you ever argued a motion in federal court?

Petersen: No.

This is pretty much how things continued for the entire five minutes. The clip garnered 8 million views, turning Petersen into another symbol of the Trump administration’s complete incompetence.

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Petersen withdrew two days later, writing, “I had hoped that my nearly two decades of public service might carry more weight than my two worst moments on television. However, I am no stranger to political realities, and I do not wish to be a distraction from the important work of your Administration and the Senate.”

The Trump administration has been fast-tracking conservatives into appeal court seats, with the Senate confirming 12 judges in Trump’s first year—a modern record, according to CNN. Petersen is the third Trump nominee to withdraw during the judicial nomination process in recent weeks; Brett Talley, who was one of at least four Trump nominees considered “not qualified” by the American Bar Association (which is also a modern presidential record!), withdrew amid criticism that he failed to disclose his wife worked at the White House and blogged in support of the KKK. Mateer’s bid was squashed because he has called transgender kids a part of “Satan’s plan” and finds gay marriage “disgusting.”

I’m sure you have no trouble believing, however, that candidates less qualified than Petersen have been confirmed by the Senate: On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed former Nebraska chief deputy attorney general Leonard Steven Grasz, a man rated as unqualified by the ABA, and who considers the legacy of Roe v. Wade to be “moral bankruptcy.”

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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Mortal Dictata

I know this isn’t the best place for it but given how I likely won’t be up for Barf or Dirt Bag later this needs to be said now.

Yesterday, after outing her continued harassment on a new account Meteor first tried to create sympathy by using another harassment thread to claim she was the victim before writing yet another rambling post (by the way, I’m “The Punisher” now apparently (http://violondoux.kinja.com/i-have-my-very-own-troll-lets-call-him-the-punisher-1821367286)) blaming me for the fact no one wants to interact with her anymore.

This was sort of expected and to be honest I found it quite funny to watch her try to play her games that no longer work. Then I went to bed.

Today I woke up to find that Short is once again taking a break. Why? Because a new burner suddenly sent two messages once again using truly vile messages based on her SNS posts about the issue of her ex and her current partner. This burner is quite simply Meteor once again, too much of a coward to even use her normal accounts anymore, as using personal info is classic Meteor harassment.

Once I returned home from work a few hours ago I found multiple messages from two burners, obviously with the same author given they both called me “Mate” and mocked my own personal SNS posts. Again this is obviously Meteor along with the her form of bringing up people not recommending each other’s posts as some form of evil. She’s also mentioned my dick before, in that post where she called inter-racial relationships “colonial”.

People who are loved, cherished, and respected on this site are once again leaving because a vicious obsessed user is still attempting to crush people emotionally and force them off the site with incredibly horrific messages simply because they don’t do what that individual says. I don’t particularly care what illnesses or suffering Meteor claims to have (we only have her utterly meaningless word to go on this), there’s no excuse for what she’s sent to people including Short and Drugstore Glasses.

People shouldn’t be afraid of using their regular accounts when posting personal items for fear that Meteor will use that against them. People shouldn’t be in fear of a certain user targeting them for no reason but that user wanted to make someone else feel like shit.

I know people have told me I should just ignore Meteor, that she’ll “move on”. I’m not going to do that, not only because when I previously ignored her harassment for a month not only did my harassment not stop but that’s when she began cruelly harassing Short too.

I’m not going to stand aside again simply hoping she targets someone else with her twisted fantasies, that’s not what a community is meant to do. Instead as a group we should be protecting each other from this sort of shite.

It shouldn’t be this hard to expect some form of community moderation or some plan to fix a system that doesn’t work. It shouldn’t be this hard to expect vile members to be shut off and removed for good. Until that changes I’m going to continue being here, speaking out against these “people” and when something is finally done then maybe this will stop being needed.