Trump Names Opponent Of Voting Rights Act To U.S. Civil Rights Commission
J. Christian Adams was appointed by President Trump to serve as a commissioner for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, despite his track record of mocking structural racism and advocating for voter suppression, according to Right Wing Watch.
- Adams was formerly a DOJ official and gained fame on the right-wing talk circuit for his vocal criticisms of the Obama administration and what he described as “race-obsessed” civil rights policies.
- After testifying at a 2013 congressional hearing following the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court’s conservative justices, Adams was described by the Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen as “a longtime conservative critic of many facets of the Voting Rights Act, whose claim to fame as a federal lawyer seems to be his penchant for accusing black people of discriminating against whites.”
- RWW noted that Adams also claimed in 2016 that the Obama administration was “using the power of the federal government to engage in a despicable and calculated attack on law enforcement for the last seven years.”
- In 2019 while participating in a Conservative Political Action Conference panel, Adams “repeated claims that Texas officials made about tens of thousands of noncitizens on the voter rolls even though Texas Secretary of State David Whitley had apologized for sending out bogus numbers that the Texas Tribune wrote “mistakenly threw into question the eligibility of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens.””
- Adams additionally has a history of spewing bigoted rhetoric regarding the LGBTQ+ community, RWW reported. He notably denounced then Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum as “the ideological architect of all the most radical LGBTWHATEVER agenda items of the Obama presidency: transvestites in girls locker rooms, lawless expansion of federal employment oversight, you name it.”
- RWW noted that his appointment as commissioner is for a six-year term.