Senators Must Reject Menashi for Federal Appeals Court

Federal judges serve for life and make decisions about every issue we care about — from reproductive and voting rights to gun violence prevention and beyond. In September, President Trump nominated Steven Menashi to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That’s just one step below the United States Supreme Court. Menashi currently works in the White House counsel’s office and, throughout his career and schooling, has worked to advance an extreme, partisan ideological agenda. Read on and use the form below to urge your senators to reject Menashi’s nomination to serve a lifetime seat on a federal appeals court.  

  • Menashi wrote a law review article advocating for what he calls “ethnonationalism;” claiming that societies with greater ethnic diversity are less politically and civilly engaged and generally have weaker-functioning democracies. He says that a functioning democracy requires a “national community.” 
  • At the Department of Education, Menashi served as Betsy DeVos’s right-hand and was at the forefront of the effort to roll back Title IX protections for survivors of sexual assault on campus. 
  • Menashi minimized sexual harassment of women, criticized “Take Back the Night” marches, and called discipline based on verbal abuse or harassing behavior “neo-McCarthyism.” 
  • Menashi compared the collection of race data in college admissions to Nazi Germany, writing that “sixty years after the promulgation of the Nuremberg laws, universities persist in cataloguing students according to race on college applications and official documents.” 
  • At his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Menashi refused to answer most of the questions that senators posed, inaccurately citing attorney-client privilege.  


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