MSNBC Blames ‘Anti-Muslim Racism’ For Rejection of Biden Judicial Nominee

by Mark Finkelstein at

President Biden nominated Adeel Mangi for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit — the level just below the Supreme Court. But Senators Joe Manchin and Catherine Cortez Masto have announced they will not support him, and in a 51-49 Senate, it looks bad. 

On Saturday morning’s The Weekend show on MSNBC, they came rushing to Mangi’s defense. They ran a clip of Sen. Cory Booker ranting “No matter what happens to his nomination, this is [voice breaks] a great American who should be proud of his work!”

Co-anchor Symone Sanders-Townsend decried “politics is fueling a lot of the vitriol and misinformation against this nominee.” writer Hayes Brown said it’s just “racism against a Muslim candidate.”

HAYES BROWN: I mean, absolutely. Well, quickly, I just want to say that I love when Cory Booker gets on the pulpit. I love when he is on a mission to try to convince his colleagues about what right is. He does it amazingly.

But yeah, this is a matter of politics. The fact that there any Democrats that are unwilling to support this nominee is about being afraid, really. Afraid of the sort of backlash that, oh, you supported this candidate for xyz when none of the rumors and vitriol that are being spread are actually true. 

It’s really just a matter of racism against a Muslim candidate that we are seeing. And that is something Senator Booker is standing up against. And I think all Democrats in the Senate should be willing to stand up

against.Neither Brown, nor Sanders-Townsend cited any facts in an attempt to refute the allegations against Mangi. Fortunately, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) has laid out, chapter and verse, the case against Biden’s nominee. The full record is here, but among the lowlights

— Mangi is on the advisory board of the Alliance of Families for Justice. “One of the Alliance’s founders was convicted of murdering police officers in cold blood. . . . Now the Alliance [of] Families for Justice—on whose board Mr. Mangi [sat]—advocates for the release of people who kill cops.”

— Mangi also served on the advisory board of the Center for Security, Race and Rights. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the group held an event entitled: “Whose narrative? 20 years since 9/11.” The purpose of the event was to blame America for 9/1

The director of the Center says she’s “in awe” of the Palestinian’s struggle against Israel and “Israeli settler colonialism.” Could Mangi have been honestly unaware of the director’s views? After all, she personally recruited him to serve on the advisory board.