California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu lost it yesterday during a congressional hearing on diversity in the federal courts after a witness discussed the anti-Asian discrimination at Harvard University.
Lieu said the federal judiciary was biased against Asians, to which witness, United States Commission on Civil Rights member Peter Kirsanow responded that one of the most egregious examples he’s seen of anti-Asian discrimination was at Harvard University.
“If there is discrimination, it’s against Asian Americans,” Kirsanow said. “Just yesterday, I filed a brief in the Students for Fair Admissions Harvard case in the Supreme Court.”
To which an infuriated Lieu yelled, “Stop bringing in irrelevant issues!”
Explosive exchange: @tedlieu yells at Peter Kirsanow when he mentions that one of the foremost examples of anti-Asian discrimination right now is at Harvard. This was during a hearing about the need for diversity on the federal courts. pic.twitter.com/q5cDrvSVmL
— Nic Rowan (@NicXTempore) March 25, 2021
“There are more Asian-Americans at these Ivy Leagues than in the federal judiciary, they’re underrepresented. These are different issues happening,” he continued in his rant.
“Just answer my question about Asian-Americans in the federal judiciary or minorities in the federal judiciary because it is underrepresented,” Lieu angrily continued. “Don’t bring in these college issues because this is not what the hearing’s about.”
Kirsanow said he agreed with Lieu about the underrepresentation of Asians in the federal judiciary system, but pointed out there was “discrimination in the pipeline.”
“Because the perception by the public is we’re making determinations on the basis of race – one of the most baleful and anathema consideration we have in the United States because of history,” Kirsanow continued. “It’s precisely why I say that we must avoid at all costs, the perception that decisions are being made on the basis of race. And when you look at the correlative, with how decision-making is being made through the admissions process, it appears as if decisions in large part are being based on race,” he said.
Three GOP Congressmen Voted to Pass the Democrats’ Radical “Equality Act”
Three House Republicans voted with Democrats to pass the radical Equality Act in the House of Representatives yesterday.
The three lawmakers who voted for the bill were Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), and Brian Fitzpatrick, (R-PA). They joined over 200 Democrats in support of the legislation, with the bill passing in a 224-206 vote.
The legislation, as Charlie Kirk describes it, is “one of the most dangerous bills written in the last 100 years.”
3 "Republicans" voted for Joe Biden's "Equality" Act—one of the most dangerous bills written in the last 100 years.
Leave the party.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 26, 2021
Breitbart recently outlined some of the most egregious aspects of the bill:
1. The bill would end the federal legal recognition of complementary male and female sex in favor gender identity.
2. The bill would eliminate the traditional right to privacy of women and girls in public facilities, in favor, instead, of gender identity.
3. The Equality Act would eviscerate women’s and girls’ sports.
4. The Equality Act would be used to mandate school curricula that affirm and promote sexual orientation and gender identity views.
5. The Equality Act would be used to remove custody rights from parents who refuse to have their minor children undergo transgender medical interventions and procedures.
6. Since the Equality Act exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, religious schools, hospitals, and adoption agencies could face federal sanctions for upholding their teachings with regard to life, sexuality, and marriage under the legislation.
7. The Equality Act’s text that names a form of “discrimination on the basis of pregnancy” would be used to punish healthcare providers who refuse to perform an abortion or to outlaw policies that ban funding for the procedure.
Rep. Katko released a statement on his support of the bill, writing, “Today, I once again supported passage of the Equality Act, a bill that creates a uniform federal standard for preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“We stand firmly against discrimination in any form. Throughout my tenure in Congress, we have fought to ensure all are treated fairly before the law, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.”
The bill is now headed to the Senate where it is likely to be blocked by Republicans as it will need a “filibuster-proof 60 votes to pass.” This means at least 10 Republicans need to support the legislation, which is improbable.