President Trump has nominated former George W. Bush administration official Eric Dreiband to head up the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and, wouldn’t you know it, liberals have a huge problem with it. Accustomed over the past eight years to having a Civil Rights Division committed to supporting Black Lives Matter and other loony social justice organizations in their ongoing war on law enforcement, they are fit to be tied about Dreiband, who actually has a history of practicing LAW, not “community organizing” or whatever it was that Obama looked for in his administration officials.
“Whoever leads the ‘crown jewel’ of the Justice Department must have deep relationships with stakeholders and marginalized communities, and have a deep, abiding faith in our nation’s civil rights laws,” said Vanita Gupta, who ran the division under the previous president. “They must respect the laws that touch everyone, rights that people have literally died for. They must respect the role of what has been called the conscience of the federal government. In all those regards, Eric Dreiband is woefully unqualified to lead the Civil Rights Division.”
Crown jewel? Seriously? If anything, the division will gain in prestige under Dreiband, since it will no longer be used as a politically-motivated, SJW attack dog. Dreiband will be concerned with prosecuting actual cases of discrimination that fall afoul of the LAW instead of running interference for some of the most disruptive, divisive groups in the country. The Civil Rights Division does not (or at least, should not) exist as the federal government’s advocacy arm. It is there to investigate and prosecute cases where federal LAW has been violated. It’s not there to spread the message: “Well, this is what the law SHOULD be, so we’re going to tie these police departments up in investigations for the next ten years…just cause we can.”
Yes, Dreiband has represented companies who were defending themselves against discrimination claims. So what? A private attorney isn’t free to take such work? Is every discrimination case automatically valid in the liberal mind? He also brought lawsuits against companies FOR discrimination in his capacity as General Counsel of the Equal Employment Commission under Bush. The very fact that he’s worked both sides of the issue makes him all the more suited for the DOJ position he’s been nominated for. We don’t need an ideologue as a federal prosecutor; we need someone whose allegiance is – say it one more time, with feeling – to the LAW!