Mateer Comments “Disgusting”

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Zack Ford
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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21 – In response to reports that Jeff Mateer, President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, has made numerous statements disparaging LGBTQ people including a reference to transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan” and a claim that marriage for same-sex couples would lead to bestiality, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“These remarks by Jeff Mateer are among the most disgusting ever made by a federal judicial nominee, and the White House should withdraw Mateer’s nomination immediately. We are already seeing a well-documented pattern of anti-LGBTQ bias emerging among President Trump’s judicial nominees, most notably John Bush and Damien Schiff. The Senate’s confirmation of Bush despite his history of bigoted remarks stands as a shameful day in its history, and there is no excuse for either the Senate or this administration to advance another nominee who has shown such hostility and hatred toward millions of Americans.”