Anti-LGBT Steven Menashi got a lifetime seat in a federal court

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Trump aide with a lengthy history of anti-LGBT+ rhetoric, has been handed a lifetime appointment to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Senate voted 41-51 in favor of his appointment. At the same time there was no Democrat to support it and even one Republican voted against. Democrat senate minority leader Charles E Schumer described Menashi as a “bottom crawler” who “does not deserve to be on the bench,” according to Roll Call. In part Menashi accused the society of speculation on Mathew Shepard’s death and forgetting about 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising whose murderers were gay. In 2000, Menashi criticised universities who offer all-gay dormitories to LGBT+ students but opposed the then-military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”. Menashi won majority support from the Judiciary Committee on the basis of strong academic and legal qualifications — “degrees from Dartmouth and Stanford, clerkships on the appellate level and the Supreme Court, and experience in both teaching and practicing law,” said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

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