The People Need Relief from the Pandemic, Not More of Trump’s Anti-Civil Rights Judges

Courts Resources 11.18,20

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s confirmation of five Trump judicial nominees in the past two days: 

“Hundreds of thousands are dying from COVID, infection rates are spiraling out of control, unemployment is high, and people are hungry. But instead of working to pass COVID relief, funding the government, and addressing systemic violence and state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown people, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recklessly prioritized the confirmation of partisan judicial nominees.

“Senate Republicans have deliberately abandoned communities that need urgent relief from this pandemic in order to confirm lifetime judges who embody Trump and McConnell’s anti-civil rights agenda. By confirming nominees like Stephen Vaden, Toby Crouse, and Kathryn Mizelle, they are counting on these judges to side with them and their cronies instead of protecting the rights of the people.

“It is unacceptable. The people do not need more anti-civil rights judges. We urgently need relief from this devastating pandemic.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in opposition to the confirmation of Stephen Vaden to the U.S. Court of International Trade, Toby Crouse to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and Kathryn Mizelle to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit