Posted on April 29, 2022

Hawley Grills Biden Judicial Nominee Over Her Work for Southern Poverty Law Center

Laurel Duggan, Daily Caller, April 27, 2022

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley grilled Biden’s judicial nominee for the Eleventh Circuit for her involvement with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) during her nomination hearing Wednesday.

“I have to tell you, I find your answers absolutely extraordinary,” Hawley said to Nancy Abudu at the hearing. “Absolutely extraordinary. I can’t believe you’ve been nominated for this position. I can’t believe that the president of the United States would nominate someone from this organization with this record, and I can’t believe that you would sit here today and refuse to condemn this hateful, frankly, violent rhetoric.”

Abudu, the strategic litigation director at SPLC, said she joined the organization in February 2019.

“2019 was the year the SPLC paid $3.4 million in response to defamation lawsuits. 2019 was the year Charity Watch gave your organization an ‘F’ rating. The SPLC has been labelled by the left-wing policy journal Current Affairs as an outright fraud that uses willful deception designed to scare liberals into writing checks,” Hawley said.