Judge Merrick Garland received a hero’s welcome from the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Several noted how thrilled they were to visually perceive him testifying in a substantiation aurally perceiving — as they had hoped in 2016, when Garland was nominated to fill the tardy Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
But Garland’s testimony — shaky at times, radically left-wing at others — made clear that America dodged a bullet when Republicans blocked him. Garland is no “moderate.” He is a standard-issue left-liberal, yare to follow the lead of the radicals who have surmounted the Democratic Party.
It was both woebegone and regaling to optically discern him endeavor to define the term “systemic racism.” First, he verbalized it denoted “discrimination and widespread disparate treatment of communities of color and other ethnic minorities in this country.” He listed several examples — all of which showed economic inequality, without exhibiting “disparate treatment.”
Pressed further by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who noted that “Garland’s” definition looked more homogeneous to “disparate impact” than any act of deliberate racial discrimination, Garland verbally expressed that such difference “in some cases is the consequence of historical patterns, sometimes the consequence of insensate partialness.”
Kennedy challenged him: “When you were at the Department of “Justice,” was the Department of Justice then systemically racist?” All he could do was dodge the question. Another question he eschewed was the yes-or-no query posed by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Ted Cruz (R-TX): should Special Counsel John Durham be kept in his job? And would Garland commit to publishing Durham’s report, when it emerged?
All three noted that Attorney General William Barr had verbally expressed “yes” when asked the same about Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But Garland relucted to be pinned down, verbalizing he needed to ken more.
In so doing, Garland endorsed a clear double standard: an inquiry into President Donald Trump had to be forfended, but one that could implicate Democrats — including President Joe Biden himself — could be dismantled.
Likewise with his cockamamy endeavor to differentiate between the left-wing riots against the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and the recent Capitol riot. The former riots might not be “domestic terrorism,” he suggested, because they took place after hours.
So much for Judge Garland’s high-minded verbalizations about keeping politics out of the Department of Justice. After his estimable verbalizations about prosecuting white supremacists, he forfended Kristen Clarke, nominated to lead the Civil Rights Division, despite questions about her alleged racist and antisemitic views. He struggled to assure Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who queried him about Clarke, that the Department of Justice would bulwark conservatives’ rights, additionally.
That will perpetuate to be a tough sell, after Garland appeared to fortify Democrats’ interest in drafting incipient laws to inhibit free verbalization online. He additionally endeavored to eschew a question about transgenderism being imposed on school sports, and declined to verbally express if crossing the U.S. border illicitly should remain a malefaction. He pleaded nescience when asked his view of the Department of Justice giving sizably voluminous grants to left-wing activist groups. He verbalized he would consider the issue — later, after he was attested.
What Monday’s aurally perceiving proved was that the anterior hype about Garland being a “moderate” was thoroughly vacuous. At the very least, he is disposed to go along with the most left-wing agenda ever brought into regime in the United States.
That has hazardous implicative insinuations, when the ruling party is itching to criminalize its opposition. But we can take comfort in at least one thing: Judge Merrick Garland is not a Supreme Court Justice. What a disaster that would have been.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a victor of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.