The Senate Should Not Confirm Merrick Garland

March 2, 2021
Washington, DC

Conservatives urge Senate Republicans to oppose the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the post of Attorney General.

During his confirmation hearing, Garland was asked if “assaults on federal property” constituted domestic terrorism, specifically related to the repeated left-wing assaults on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon. His answer narrowed the definition of domestic terrorism to “an attack on a courthouse while in operation,” one that tries to “prevent judges from actually deciding cases.”

Most of the assaults that took place on federal property in Portland, however, took place at night. Garland’s definition seems to suggest he is comfortable labeling those particular assaults on federal property as mere disturbances. Garland’s inability to draw a clear line around this type of behavior is an unacceptable amount of ambiguity from a nominee charged with enforcing America’s laws.

Garland was also presented with disturbing comments from would-be colleagues at the Department of Justice which he was unwilling to condemn.

Vanita Gupta, nominated to be the associate attorney general, has asserted that any pro-life advocate is unfit for office and that Republicans seek to leave communities “at the mercy of people and institutions driven by hate, bigotry and fear of any threat to the status quo.” Garland responded by saying he regards Gupta as “a person of great integrity and a person who is dedicated to the mission of the department.”

Kristen Clarke, the nominee to head the Civil Rights Division at DOJ, has written that black people are genetically superior to white people. Garland was unable or unwilling to condemn the remarks, asserting “I do not believe . . . she is discriminatory in any sense.”

The statements from Gupta and Clarke are clearly discriminatory and inappropriate. Garland’s inability to acknowledge this – and, in fact, his reflexive defense of them – raise serious questions about his judgment and how he intends to manage the equal application of the law.

We are living in a political environment where the Democratic party intends to use every lever of law and government to persecute their political opponents, and to legalize racism through the implementation of group rights. This is anathema to our nation’s founding ideals, as well as to the rule of law.

The Attorney General of the United States, as the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, has a solemn duty to uphold the law – which includes both its equal and impartial enforcement, as well as forceful rebuttals against the weaponization of our justice system as a vehicle for raw political power.

We are unconvinced of Merrick Garland’s suitability to this task. We urge Senate Republicans to oppose his nomination.


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Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute
Wesley Denton
Chief Operating Officer
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
The Honorable Russ Vought
Director
Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth
The Honorable Scott Walker
President
Young America’s Foundation
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli
Former Attorney General of Virginia
Former Acting Deputy Secretary of DHS
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988
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President
Eagle Forum
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Executive Director
Capitol Resource Institute
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President
Sandy Creek Foundation
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Chairman
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Ventures
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Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
Mathew Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Dr. Rick Scarborough
President
Recover America Now
Tim Throckmorton
President
Lifepointe Ministries
Marc Little
Executive Director
CURE America Action, Inc.
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Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Richard Wright
Owner
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Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
MRC
C. Preston Noell III
President
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President
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Gun Owners of America
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60 Plus Association
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Tradition, Family, Property
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60 Plus Association
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Corporate Chief Economist, Retired
Phillips Petroleum Company
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President
The Lindsey Foundation
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Founding Pastor
Grace Chapel
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General Counsel
National Center for Public Policy Research
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Founder and President
Legal Immigrants for America
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Principle
Attic Corp
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President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
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President
American Policy Center
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President
American Values
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Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
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Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
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President
Hawaiian Values
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The Center for Garden State Families
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President
Faith Wins
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Founder
National Abstinence Clearinghouse
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Former Member
Florida State House

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