NBC Report Claims a Third of Trump’s Court Nominees Have “Anti-LGBTQ History”

A report from NBC claims a third of Trump’s court nominees have anti-Trump LGBTQ history.

The report relies entirely on the work of a LGBTQ advocacy group, Lambda Legal. 

NBC writes:

A third of the more than 50 circuit court judges nominated by President Donald Trump since he took office nearly three years ago have a “demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ bias,” according to a new report by LGBTQ civil rights group Lambda Legal, which asserts that the justice system is “now indisputably in a state of crisis.”

“The damage that is being done to our federal judiciary may be this administration’s most lasting and dangerous legacy,” Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal, said in a statement shared with NBC News.

Lambda Legal has opposed 19 of the Trump administration’s 53 nominees to the country’s 12 circuit courts (50 of whom have since been confirmed) because of their anti-LGBTQ record. Among those that Lambda has opposed are Steven Menashi, Lawrence VanDyke and Allison Jones Rushing, all of whom were confirmed this year to lifetime appointments.

Per Breitbart, NBC accepted Lambda’s characterization of the nominees as “anti-LGBTQ,” though the main evidence provided in its article is that they had expressed opposition to same-sex marriage in the past. (President Barack Obama also opposed same-sex marriage until he ran for re-election in 2012; no one characterized him as “anti-LGBTQ.”)

In the case of Judge Stephen Menashi, recently confirmed to the Second Circuit, NBC News cites a letter from Lambda to the Senate Judiciary Committee that claimed he expressed “animosity” to the LGBTQ community.

In fact, the letter provided no such evidence, merely the subjective judgment of Lambda that opposition to separate LGBTQ dorms on campus, or to the “normalization” of gender-reassignment surgery, somehow constituted “animosity.”