In his quest to rid the government of any sign of diversity, President Trump yet again attacked gender equality. This time, it’s his nominations of 42 U.S. attorneys. 41 of his nominations are men.
The U.S. attorney positions are coveted roles, as they are the top law enforcement prosecutors in the country. After serving as a U.S. attorney, many of them either take prestigious jobs at top law firms. They also become judges, and that is why Trump’s decision to block so many women is particularly harmful.
“It’s a slap in the face,” Joyce Vance, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama told Buzzfeed. “It’s a statement that this is not a priority.”
The American Constitution Society, a liberal lawyer organization, noted that “The extraordinary statistics for Trump’s U.S. attorney nominees – 97 percent male, 86 percent while male – hearken back to a much earlier era of U.S. history, and are raising serious concerns.”
The ACS analyzed Trump’s first round of nominations in July as well. “There has been a striking lack of diversity so far in President Trump’s nominations for federal prosecutors,” Vanita Gupta, a former acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, told the ACS.
But it isn’t just Trump. Earlier this year, 13 Republican senators met to discuss health care, and not a single woman was allowed to attend. The Republicans want to set gender equality back as far as possible. It’s as if they are so threatened by losing the popular vote for president to a woman, they want to do whatever they can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.