If there’s one thing this administration has done consistently well, it’s selecting the absolute worst people to do the job they’re nominated for. So you’ll be pleased to note that the Trump Administration has continued this tradition, selecting Eric Dreiband to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
The immediate question is, “Who is this guy and why is he a perfect addition to the ever growing kakistocracy that is the Trump Administration?”
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To start, Drieband was a former counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While that sounds like a positive group, it’s really one of those Orwellian-named organizations — you know, like “Focus on the Family” and “the Freedom Caucus.” Drieband is best known for testifying against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2008, and he also represented the Universe of North Carolina in defending one of those dumb bathroom bills.
You remember those. When right-wingers wanted people to ask, “papers, please” like you were traveling to Mexico for the summer just because you had to take a leak.
Drieband’s appointment drew heated criticism from civil rights organizations, who claimed that he lacked the moral qualifications for the job. In the words of Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality:
Mr. Dreiband is not simply unqualified for the extraordinary responsibility of leading the nation’s civil rights enforcement: he is morally unfit for the job.
I was under the impression that was the point of nominating him. I mean, how else is government going to be the problem if the Republicans don’t make it the problem?
Civil rights groups also argued Dreiband’s work in defending companies from accusations of employee discrimination, along with a lack of experience in pressing issues like voting rights, police reform, and the rest of the usual suspects should be enough to disqualify him even if the above two examples weren’t.
Naturally, now that there’s an important position in the government on the line, he has a weak explanation for why he did it. However, a tepid cauldron of room temperature yak piss doesn’t stop being a tepid cauldron of room temperature yak piss just because you serve it with a slice of lime.
He needs 51 votes to get nominated, and Republicans control 52 seats. So far, no Republican has shown even the slightest inkling of voting against him, as you might expect.