People For the American Way

PFAW: Senate Confirms “Lazy,” “Arrogant” Judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2019

Contact: Laurie Kinney at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202-467-2307

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following today’s Senate vote to confirm Lawrence VanDyke, a Trump nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, PFAW Executive Vice President for Policy and Program Marge Baker released the following statement:

“Today we watched Republican senators voluntarily cast votes to confirm a Ninth Circuit judge who has been described by colleagues in the legal world as ‘lazy,’ ‘arrogant,’ and an ‘ideologue.’ Lawrence VanDyke is the latest Trump judicial nominee to be confirmed despite a ‘Not Qualified’ rating by the ABA, which also warned that he may be biased against LGBTQ individuals who appear before him. This confirmation is shameful and harmful, and the senators who voted for it are going to have to explain it to constituents who are increasingly aware of their elected representatives’ role in filling the courts with extreme right-wingers like VanDyke.”

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