It’s very quickly become clear since Donald Trump came to power that he has no human resources skills, although such was already clear to those who knew him from his past as a businessman.
He’s appointed monumentally unqualified people to an array of public positions. Among the examples of this is his choice of Scott Pruitt to serve as EPA Administrator — Pruitt, in his old job as Oklahoma State Attorney General, sued the EPA numerous times, fighting against key regulations. Now, the president expects us to believe that he’s going to lead the EPA fairly.
Adding to the list of concerning nominations is Trump’s pick to fill a federal judgeship in Alabama, Brett Talley. Besides having already been revealed to have worked as a paranormal investigator in recent years, he’s now been revealed to have defended the KKK in online arguments. His argument was not in favor of explicit racism; rather, Talley’s assertion was that the original point of the KKK was not to push racism.
Talley posted for years on a message board for fans of University of Alabama’s sports programs under the pseudonym, “BamainBoston.” All in all, he contributed over 16,000 posts to the forum, something that requires a massive time commitment, but is reasonable considering that it’s not as though this judicial nominee has ever actually tried a case before.
In one post to the discussion board, Talley defended the state’s proposal to honor someone who had served the KKK with a license plate. That individual is Nathan Bedford Forrest, who served as a Confederate military leader before joining up with the KKK.
During his time as a Confederate general, as a simple Google search reveals, Talley presided over the perpetration of war crimes, when, after his men overran a Union fort, they executed the African American soldiers within it.
And this is the guy Trump’s pick to be a federal judge was defending.
‘Forrest, when he decommissioned his men, told them to make peace with the men they had fought and live as good citizens of the United States. It was only after the perceived depredations of the Union army during reconstruction that Forrest joined (it is highly unlikely that he founded or acted as the Grand Wizard) the first KKK, which was entirely different than the KKK of the early 19th Century.’
Talley went on to claim that Forrest shied away from “racial violence,” a claim that makes no sense considering that Forrest himself perpetrated racial violence.
It’s not as though Talley’s acceptance of there being some legitimacy to the KKK’s position makes it surprising that Trump picked him to serve as a federal judge.
Trump drew wide criticism in August for not coming out hard against white nationalists following a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Rather than acknowledging that the premise of white nationalists’ ideas sets them apart from any other interest, no matter how volatile, Trump insisted that responsibility for the violence rested with both sides.
Trump’s claim is ridiculous; instead of just admitting that white nationalists were to blame for the violence, he falsely peddled the idea that violent white nationalism isn’t the reason that thousands of people gathered in Charlottesville.
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