Progressive group Demand Justice launched a six-figure advertising campaign on Monday in support of President BidenJoe Biden: China considers military base on Africa’s Atlantic coast: Biden report orders flags to be hoisted half-length until December 9 to honor Dole Biden traveling to Kansas City to promote PLUS infrastructure packageThe candidate for the opening of a district court in New York has been attacked by Republicans for his past rhetoric, according to a statement first seen by The Hill.
The organization, which focuses on court reform, released the announcement in favor of Dale Ho, Biden’s candidate for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ho was rejected by several Republicans during his confirmation hearing last week because of the tweets he sent during the Trump administration.
The ad features Ho’s own words in which he describes his commitment to equal justice, claiming that he has “represented people who have been registered as members of both political parties, as I believe it is this is how our system works “.
The ad will air on television in Washington, DC, and will be presented digitally on Instagram and Facebook.
“This ad campaign is an investment in making sure Americans concerned about protecting voting rights know that President Biden and Chief Schumer have given Senate Democrats the opportunity to confirm a champion of democracy on the federal bench “said Christopher Kang, chief counsel for Demand Justice. A declaration.
Ho is the director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project. During the Trump administration, he argued in court against efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, as well as efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining representatives for each. State.
During his confirmation hearing last week, several Republican senators expressed reservations about his disposition to sit on the federal bench, citing tweets and comments made under the Trump administration.
“I very much regret the tone I have taken from time to time on social media, especially if it gives someone the impression that I am not being impartial,” Ho said during the hearing, a sentiment he expressed whenever his past tweets came up.
Republicans pointed to several tweets Ho sent during the Trump presidency in which he criticized GOP lawmakers, including Sens. Marsha blackburnMarsha Blackburn Tories target Biden’s choice for New York district court (R-Tenn.), Mike leeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Facebook – Congress Avoids Shutdown Senate Dodges Initial December Crisis With Last Minute Deal Congress Avoids Shutdown After Vaccine Mandate Fight MORE (R-Utah) and Tom’s CottonTom Bryant CottonConservatives targets Biden’s choice for New York District Court GOP anger against Fauci increases Cotton slips against Fauci: “These bureaucrats think they’re science” MORE (R-Ark.), Who all sit on the Judicial Committee.
Several senators also posted a tweet in which Ho appeared to call himself “sort of leftist with crazy eyes.” Ho explained that he was “referring to a caricature of how other people may have described me, not how I would describe myself.”
Lee referred to a tweet in which Ho suggested Republicans would rely on a Supreme Court majority to maintain power if “Electoral College, Senate misallocation and extreme gerrymandering” were not enough.
While Ho said he was referring to reports in 2020 of states potentially naming their own presidential voters, Lee suggested the tweet was damaging enough that Ho went unconfirmed, arguing it showed “contempt. open for the Constitution “.
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly supported Ho’s nomination at the hearing. Chairman of the committee Dick durbinDick DurbinFour questions worth answering at Guantanamo’s surveillance hearing Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Conservatives target Biden for New York District Court MORE (D-Ill.) Argued that Ho’s passion should not be confused with anger, and he noted that several Trump-era presidential candidates had also done advocacy work in the past.