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Monday, July 9, 2018

Ann Coulter Just Accused Possible Trump SCOTUS Pick of Being ‘Subsidized’ by Soros

On Sunday, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter took a shot at Third Circuit Judge Thomas Hardiman, and accused him of being “subsidized” by liberal philanthropist George Soros.

What the heck is up with that? Well, it’s not entirely accurate. Coulter linked to the donor list for Ayuda, a legal aid clinic that Hardiman used to work for. It specializes in providing help to poor Spanish-speaking immigrants in courts. As indicated in his SCOTUSblog profile, he did do domestic violence, political asylum, and other kinds of cases.

In the link provided by Coulter, Ayuda names an “Open Society Foundation [sic] as one of the $10,000-$25,000 donors. Soros is founder of the Open Society Foundations, with an s. We were unable to confirm on Sunday if this is the same organization, but even if it was, it wouldn’t even qualify as one of Ayuda’s most important donors. And certainly doesn’t mean Hardiman is “subsidized” by Soros.

Verizon, for example, is listed in the $25,000-$50,000 slot. Others provided way more. The District of Columbia Government is listed as giving between $500,000 and $1 million, while the Department of Justice is noted as giving at least $2 million. (The group includes grant-givers in their donor list.)

There seems to be no available information to show that Soros played a role in elevating Hardiman, a George W. Bush nominee, to the federal bench in the first place.

Oh, don’t get us wrong. A powerful figure did push for Hardiman to be considered for the U.S. Supreme Court: President Donald Trump‘s own sister, Maryanne Trump Barry (nominated to the New Jersey federal court by President Ronald Reagan, then to the Third Circuit by President Bill Clinton). She served with Hardiman, and multiple reports, including a New York Times article on Sunday, said that she recommended this colleague to her little brother last year during the Scalia vacancy.

Hardiman has spoken before the conservative Federalist Society, and was reportedly recommended to Trump by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as presenting relatively few obstacles for confirmation.

Leonard Leo, a Federalist Society executive vice president advising Trump on nominees, had this to say about the judge:
“Tom Hardiman is an interesting mix of two worlds,” he said in January 2017, according to CNN. “On the one hand he is very much in the mold of Justice Scalia, well-schooled on the doctrines of originalism and textualism, and he is very experienced. And yet, at the same time, Judge Hardiman hails from a family of relatively modest means, from an industrial working class city in Western Pennsylvania.”

The judge’s link to Soros is overblown at best, but he did work with a group that helped out immigrants. Expect immigration hardliners to attack him because of this in the hours leading up to Trump’s nomination announcement.

[Screengrab via Federalist Society]



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