VIRAL VIDEO: Trump Federal Judiciary Nominee Flames Out, Can’t Answer Basic Questions About The Law

The Washington Post reports:

Nomination hearings for U.S. district judges tend to be dry affairs that offer little in the way of mass entertainment — in other words, they’re not typically the stuff of viral videos.

But a clip of one of President Trump’s federal judicial nominees struggling to answer rudimentary questions about the law garnered well more than 1 million views in a matter of hours on Thursday night and stoked speculation that another of the president’s nominations might get derailed.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) shared footage of Matthew Petersen, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, getting quizzed by Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) on basic aspects of trial procedure during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

  • TJay229

    As beautiful as this was to see. This man WILL NOT get an appointment. Grassley won’t allow it.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Grassley is defending us from a barrage of kakistocracy. What a world!

  • I guess it follows that an incompetent know-nothing President nominates (more) incompetent know-nothing idiots to positions of power.

    • Palmer

      (cough) Betsy DeVos.

      • AaronD12

        (cough) His entire goddamn cabinet and everyone he has nominated to any position, without exception.

  • Mark McGovern

    Oh, so painful to watch. Why would he even agree to accept the nomination if so incompetent? Bet he regrets it now.

    • Tom Furgas

      $$$

    • RoverSerton

      Lifetime appointment. nuff said.

    • Joe in PA

      That was my thought as well..I only made it through about 2 minutes…painful!

      • Mark McGovern

        I actually felt sorry for him….and the Senator asking the questions was very gracious. Imagine if the questioner would have been a hard ass.

        • Frank McCormick

          Oh he was a hard ass alright. Decorum is not the same thing as graciousness. Senator Kennedy was obviously a very good lawyer and a very good Senator. He methodically demonstrated just how unqualified this man is for the Federal bench. (And let him through in several lengths of rope of his own choosing.)

    • Nax

      You think? The Senate will confirm him, and then he’ll just be able to rule the way he’s told. Easy job where you obviously don’t have to know anything, good benefits, lifetime appointment. His Republican benefactors would never allow him to be impeached.

      • Mark McGovern

        I dunno; maybe you are right. He looks like a an incompetent complete fool, and it’s viral. I’ve been cross examined numerous times before in a court room, and only in front of a few people. Believe me, when it goes badly, it is the worst experience ever. Since this video is viral, and since his examination went so badly, he will wear it for eternity. But hey, maybe it’s worth it.

        It was a GOP senator questioning him, so I don’t necessarily think the confirmation is in the bag.

      • Mark McGovern

        Looks like the humiliation did him in. You could have just as easily been correct on it though. Point is he should never have been nominated in the first place.

  • Stogiebear

    I watched the whole thing and at the end thought, “Wow. I have degrees in music, theology, and art. I can’t answer any of those questions either. Guess I’m as qualified to be a federal judge as he seems to be.”

    • Boreal

      I’d rather have you on the bench. Remember all republicans are guilty until proven innocent (trial by water).

      • M Jackson

        (I would prefer fire.)

        • Boreal

          If they float they are deemed guilty of crimes and witchery and must be burned at the stake. If they sink they are innocent and to be given a proper burial.

        • Stogiebear

          Potato, potahto;
          Tomato, guillotine…

          • liondon#iamnotatraitor

            Bear butt…bare butt.

      • Stogiebear

        I initially read that as “I’d rather have you on the beach” and thought “That sounds really nice.” And then I got to the end about trial by water and thought “What the fuck did I ever do to him???” Then I read it again. All better now.

        • Boreal

          The beach is cool too. I really need a few weeks on the beach with cabana boys serving drinks.

      • RoverSerton

        I was on the football team so I’ve had 4 years experience on the bench!

        • Boreal

          You’re confirmed.

        • Joe in PA

          Only if you’ve been hit on the head about 1000 times.

        • Butch

          Me too. I played left out.

      • MT YVR

        That just… sounds soo dir-… oh. ON. Not ove… Right. Right. I’ll show myself out.

        Toootally misread that. (halo)

        • Boreal

          Not a spanking bench, silly.

          • MT YVR

            Rimming seat?

            WHAT? I have a lot of really really dirty friends. (halo)

    • JAKvirginia

      Seeetie? Finish high school? You’re just as qualified… maybe more!

    • FAEN

      Show off 😉

    • Multiple degrees?! What are you, some kind of elitist?! :p

      • Boreal

        librul eletizm at its worst.

      • Stogiebear

        Actually just a curious hick. ;^)

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          I wish more hicks would be curious 😁

          • Boreal

            Some are bi-curious.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            LOL after rereading my post it seems there’s a double entendre. I merely meant “curious” in the education and arts sense.
            But I have heard there’s nothing like red in bed.

          • Nic Peterson

            It’s true. A heteroflexible redneck is a treasure to find. Short shelf life though.

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          • nocadrummer

            “… degrees in music, theology, and art.”
            I think he’s “tri-curious”.
            He’ll try anything if he’s curious. 😉

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          My kinda people!

    • Chris Baker

      It baffles me about the high self-regard one must have to know one is not qualified for a job, but still accepts the nomination.
      “I have never argued a case in court, I don’t know basic judicial terminology and rules, but yeah, I can be a federal judge. You just sit there and listen to both sides and then make a ruling based on what pre-conceived notions I had before the case.”

    • ChrisMorley

      It wouldn’t play for me but does play when you go to the tweet.

    • JCF

      Theology, huh? Where did you go to school?

      —Union Theological Seminary (NYC) MA ’92, Ed.D (in conjunction w/ Columbia-Teachers College) ’04

      • Stogiebear

        Perkins School of Theology/SMU, Dallas (MSM, 1987).

        Don’t know if he was at the library at Union at that time but did you know Isaac Gewirtz?

        • JCF

          I can’t say I did (but I’m horrible w/ names). Is that a Master of Sacred Music degree? (Kewl)

    • rowdymutt

      @Stogiebear:disqus Love the new avatar! You can come down my chimney any night! 😉

  • crewman

    He is as qualified as any of Trump’s appointments.

    A conspiracy theory my brain is concocting is that Trump represents a segment of the right that want to destroy this country, probably so they can remake it in an image that benefits them, e.g. a new Confederacy or a Baptist/Evangelical theocracy, with a strict social caste putting extreme wealth at the top, and inescapable poverty/servants/slaves beneath, and a large enough class just above that to keep the workers in place. Trump’s appointments have all been about destroying the departments/agencies they were appointed to oversee. On the bench, they are intent on destroying fairness in favor of loyalty to Trump and their ideology, traits that should immediately disqualify them from being judges in the first place.

    • Randy Ellicott

      Or it could just be that he is such an ass that whenever anyone tells him that he shouldn’t do something, like nominate some moron with no experience, he immediately does the opposite not matter what…

    • Gustav2

      I wish is wasn’t true.

    • Steverino

      If they don’t engineer the destruction of human life on Earth first, which they also are working on.

    • Stogiebear

      Considering the number of Dominionists he has appointed to positions of power in his cabinet alone you need to give up the fiction that what’s going on in your brain is a conspiracy theory. He/they ARE working to destroy our country and constitution.

    • AJayne

      Those are their valid goals – they also plan to rewrite the Constitution once enough people support an Article V Convention to “add federal term limits” or whatever else they come up with that sounds good to lots of people. It’s all a trap!

  • KnownDonorDad

    If we don’t see a massive reaction to this nonsense in the 2018 midterms, we deserve whatever we get.

  • JAKvirginia

    First, this guy has the face of a crack addict. (And thanks for shaving for the job interview.)

    Second, Trump U. never had a law school. Don’t care what the brochure said. They didn’t.

    • Rambie

      Hey, I like the “scruffy nerf herder” look.

      • JAKvirginia

        Me, too! But, c’mon! Job interview?!!! That could’ve waited.

        • Rambie

          Perhaps he should of spent more time reading “Law for Dummies” too

    • Palmer

      This guy went to BYU, favorite school of the FBI.

    • Dayglo

      He looks like he’s from the Steve Bannon school of infrequent bathers.

    • Chuck in NYC

      I’m too busy looking at the face of the dark-haired ginger in the screenshot on the right.

  • DesertSun59

    Mueller needs to speed up his take down. If this is allowed to continue we will be a totally gutted nation in less time that Dr. Johan Galtung’s forecast.

  • AJ Drew

    It is worthwhile to note that it was a Republican Senator asking the questions. I suspect Kennedy assumed these were soft, no-brainer questions for a judicial nominee, and yet…

  • KnownDonorDad

    Mr. Petersen received his J.D. in 1999 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy from Brigham Young University in 1996. He also received an A.S. with high honors from Utah Valley State College.

    How did he earn a JD? UVA, hang your head in shame.

    • Gustav2

      How did he pass the Bar Exam?

      • JAKvirginia

        Just walking down the street, I suppose. Oh! You meant….. nevermind.

    • Palmer

      UVSC used to be a community college, if I remember correctly.

    • CJAS

      Meh. He’s almost 20 year removed from law school and has been immersed
      in rules and administration.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Not giving him a pass. He should have brushed up. My basic doctoral course are not that far removed from my memory.

        • CJAS

          I’m not giving him a pass. He’s should have decline the nomination precisely because his experience makes him less quaified than average.

  • gaycuckhubby

    And this was a Republican embarrassing him. Nice!

  • Ninja0980

    Elections have consequences folks.
    Maybe our side will finally start caring about the judicial branch.

    • gaycuckhubby

      The Supreme Court and 30 years of judicial decisions where on the ballot last year. It boggles my mind that there was a single liberal protest. It’s gross

      • Jeffrey

        There is a level of self righteousness amongst progressives that only leads to failure. Look, now we’ve got a resigned Al Franken while republicans have Blake Farenthold, who arguable did far worse, still in congress.

    • KnownDonorDad

      The other side definitely cared. So much so that the character of the nominee was utterly irrelevant.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Got a feeling he will withdraw by the end of today

    • Cackalaquiano

      That sense of shame and embarrassment that normal people would feel in this situation? Conservatives aren’t capable of it.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Dang! I just logged on (Pacific time) hoping to have photos of Trump or at least Kushner being dragged away in handcuffs and all I got so far is that Trump’s nominees are clueless, incompetent, unqualified, sycophants. Which is the same news we get on any day ending in a Y.

  • Gustav2

    I’m sure a cabinet level position in the Trump administration is next for this guy.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I don’t know. If he doesn’t work out as a judge, I’d say that Kim Davis and Ted Nugent have got him in a close three-way tie for Surgeon General or director of NOAA. Trump has all the best people.

  • FAEN

    I’m shocked SHOCKED that BLOTUS would want dense motherfuckers on the bench.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Gustav2

      😉

    • JAKvirginia

      Um………….

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Did this dude mow Eric’s lawn one summer or something? The WH is certainly not picking people because they’re qualified for the jobs.

    • boatboy_srq

      White, male, hetero. Only qualifications MAGA needs.

    • Gustav2

      “mow Eric’s lawn”

      Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

    • JackFknTwist

      Just as Merick Garland was not voted into office despite vast intellect and vast experience as a Federal Judge of Appeal.
      The Tories/GOP don’t want intelligent people , they want the genius of Cruze and the legal knowledge of this clown.

    • shivadog

      I think “must hate fags” is about the only qualification needed for a Trump appointed judge.

  • worstcultever

    I retweeted this vid because it totally blew my mind. Even for Dump – my GODS what an insult to – well, everything.

  • Boreal

    This guy totally pings my gaydar.

    • BobSF_94117

      That’s odd. He totally gays my pingdar.

      • Boreal

        They have meds for that.

  • gaycuckhubby

    This guy has a distinguished career, and is quite bright. But in no way is he fit to be a judge.

    • gaycuckhubby

      It’s like saying a rhodes scholar in political science is able to step in and perform surgery.

    • JAKvirginia

      So, when it’s needed, why can’t he display how “bright” he is?

      • gaycuckhubby

        Bright in his field and generally smart. But no specific expertise in the job is interviewing for. Which is why he should be rejected or withdraw

    • whollyfool

      That was my take too. Hopefully he’ll do the smart and right thing and withdraw.

  • Jay Sekulow… Matt Barber… Roy Moore… this guy!

    I’m totally going to law school next Fall. How hard could it possibly be?

    • JAKvirginia

      Do it from home! Online! In your spare time!

  • BeaverTales

    Tyrrany of the dumb. This administration truly represents its electorate.

    “My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge, you elitist bastards!”

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      The best way I’ve heard that phrased was from Salman Rushdie: “We are living in a culture of aggressive stupidity.”

      • JackFknTwist

        I cannot fathom why someone so manifestly unqualified, sans experience, sans legal knowledge, would put himself forward for such foreseeable public humiliation.

        Are they too dumb or too desperate for office ?

        This dumba ss is going nowhere.

        • Duh-David

          He started at Arby’s without any experience and by the end of the second year was assistant manager, and senators come straight from their corporate jobs to Congress, and even reality TV failures can rise to high office without even seeing one episode of The West Wing.

    • CJAS

      I hate to defend anyone associated with this administration, but he’s not dumb–made law review at a top 10 law school–just outside of his experience. The person who chose him is dumb.

      • BeaverTales

        Okay, he’s an intelligent guy who is completely unprepared for the job he accepted without the prerequisite experience ….it’s like having one of the top 10 medical students perform brain surgeries solo without doing a neurosurgery residency. Dumb.

        It’s reasonable to call someone dumb if they don’t have the humility or ability to know their own limits, regardless of the buffoon who promoted them.

        • CJAS

          He absolutely should have declined the nomination.

          A lack of humility (blind ambition) is trait often praised and rewarded in our culture.

    • JAKvirginia

      And tweeting!

      • prixator

        And lying.

  • shellback

    A simple “yes” or “no” will do.

    • JAKvirginia

      And show your work.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      “And blueberries can go in pancakes!”

    • Jeffrey

      Don’t get used to that fancy Holiday Inn lifestyle, bub.

    • lattebud

      Holiday Inn? Was that the drag queen he paid $500 bucks to spend the night with him? Oh, and another $100 on viagra and meth

      • Jonathan Smith

        $100?!?!?!?
        he IS a cheap whore.

    • BlackGayAthetist

      I keep checking out the man on the right…he looks like he could handle some TOUGH questions as well as much more…

    • nocadrummer

      I look at him and keep thinking “Niles Crane” (from “Cheers”), like he must have been the maternal twin brother who ended up not being very successful, and was always “borrowing” money from his twin.

      He’s kinda cute, but WAY too jittery and scattered for a long-term relationship. You know, like the guy you pick up one night, spend the next three days in bed with, then discover there were chemical “enhancements” going on.

  • SpiderPIG
    • Palmer

      That’s a cute piece of man-meat.

    • BlackGayAthetist

      HE can judge me….he could do some many things with me…

      • SpiderPIG

        lol
        Truth!

  • Gigi

    No one could have guessed that judging would be so difficult.

    • JackFknTwist

      Yeah, he takes after Trump/turd, stand up in public and fart your self into the oblivion of public odium.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    For fucks sake, any LLM grad would have done or known at least some if not most of these. Why is he ass even in that chair?

    • JackFknTwist

      First year in legal practice your seniors kick you out to court to do all the Motions

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Ding, ding, ding. No reason that he would have not at least had to do some of this shit unless his “firm” was total crap.

        • JackFknTwist

          Yes, any counsel of any experience who takes on a junior will pass on the drudge legal Motions and Affidavits on to the first available new comer, because the Senior is busy with more serious shit and in order to give the new-comer some court experience, which they are always eager to get.

          But not this bozo !

  • Blackfork

    Another of Trump’s fucking posers.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      No, Sarah is a poser– for a spokesperson, a drapery ad, and a human being.

      This guy is incompetence personified.

  • TexasBoy
  • TCinBerkeley

    Everyone is leaving out the most important information/question – who is the hot ginger behind him?

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      mmmmmm…. gingers…..

    • CraigNJ

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to notice him

  • BlackGayAthetist
  • BlackGayAthetist

    The Daubert standard provides a rule of evidence regarding the admissibility of expert witnesses’ testimony during United States federal legal proceedings.

    • JackFknTwist

      That’s just the usual standards which must be met by any expert being challenged on the proposition he posits, unless it is notoriously common and accepted practice among, say, the medical community.

    • Thank you so much for explaining those terms that fool didn’t know.

  • JAKvirginia

    DON’T CLICK!!

    • Joe in PA

      as if….

  • BlackGayAthetist

    In U.S. law, a motion in limine is a motion, discussed outside the presence of the jury, to request that certain testimony be excluded. The motion is decided by a judge in both civil and criminal proceedings.

    • JackFknTwist

      We call it a ‘Preliminary Application.’

  • BlackGayAthetist

    Younger abstention is less permissive to the federal courts, barring them from hearing civil rights tort claims brought by a person who is currently being prosecuted for a matter arising from that claim in state court.

    • JackFknTwist

      Wow, this amazes me about US courts.

      Why is is so complicated to say that criminal prosecutions , State or Federal in any given case, ( not just Civil Rights cases ) must be disposed of prior to civil claims arising from the same set of circumstances ?

  • Palmer

    To nominate this poltroon was an egregious waste of taxpayer money.

  • BlackGayAthetist

    Burford abstention allows a federal court sitting in diversity jurisdiction to abstain where the state courts likely have greater expertise in a particularly complex area of state law (the case itself dealt with the regulation of oil drilling operations in Texas).

  • bkmn

    These unqualified fools are probably good Christers who swore to Fraudlin or one of the other grifters that they would consult them before deciding cases.

    • JackFknTwist

      It smacks of insider, elitist buddies promoting an agenda.

  • Gigi

    Peterson “graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy from Brigham Young University in 1996. He also received an Associate of Science with high honors from Utah Valley State College.”

    BYU + philosophy = LOL

  • edrex

    is it just me or does this administration have a thing for the undead?

    • Jeffrey

      THIS is the zombie apocalypse we have been expecting.

    • Chuck in NYC

      I’m of an age that my first thought when seeing his picture this morning was, Did he forget to take his AZT?

      • edrex

        i can totally see that. i remember those times as well.

  • BlackGayAthetist

    Titus has something to say:

    https://m.popkey.co/ae375e/zJy3D.gif

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Bambino

    Wow! The audacity to even show his face? Is he that much of an attention whore that he does not care to look like an idiot in front of the nation?

    • JackFknTwist

      Apparently not !

      • Bambino

        Might as well put a sack of potato on the chair.

        • sadoldguy

          Pet rock.

          • Bambino

            Or Furby. On and off switch and the batteries will run out at some point.

          • bzrd

            I’m chopping an onion for chicken soup that has as much knowledge for the court as this mangy nominee

  • Slippy_World

    Meanwhile -on the West Coast-Justin Bieber posted a clip of him decorating a Christmas tree without a shirt -…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e5d280329ae50c6d7372bc248dded26dc0475610d149d27dd81a7020808dbed.png

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BcrTGTMD0BN/?taken-by=justinbieber

    • JackFknTwist

      And we go ‘swoon’ ?
      I don’t think so.
      But some of you guys’ avatars…..yeah I swoon !!

      • Jonathan Smith

        nice ass.
        hate everything else about him………
        butt……..nice ass

    • Joe in PA

      Pffft, get back to me when the pants come off.

      • johncAtl

        Given his history I’m surprised he has them on.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      He’s Canadian. He ought to know pine trees better than that.

      • pgarayt

        It’s a spruce.

    • carrot festival

      I don’t get it? Is he selling Levi’s Panatela slacks?

    • Jon Doh

      The tree is the hottest thing in that photo.

  • Jon Doh

    He appears to be as qualified for U.S. District Judge as Betsy Devos was for Secretary of Education.

    • Jonathan Smith

      sooo……….
      not at all?
      for those of us who miss sarcasm.

  • Chaz Antonelli

    Is the video working or was it taken down?

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      click on the twitter link, then watch it in that. It should work that way.

    • The_Wretched

      I had to search for it on Youtube.

  • Will Parkinson

    Holy. Shit.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Its the grover norquist effect
    Fill positions with people only capable enuf to sign off on the theofascist right’s religio-corporate agenda.
    IE puppets. And puppets arent too bright

  • JoyZeeBoy

    The man hasn’t even taken > 5 depositions. Does he even know what a courtroom looks like?

    • JackFknTwist

      Obviously not.

      • Jonathan Smith

        it’s that woody looking thing on Law & order………Right?

  • Nax

    Where are they getting these people?

  • Stogiebear

    Spam Whore!

  • Hank

    If he was a physician, he would be sent BACK to residency for training, as it is obvious, he does not know the basics!!!

    Does he come from Traffic Court???

  • narutomania

    “B-b-but I look good in a robe,” stammered Mr Petersen as he was helped from his seat and shown the exit.

    “I look good in a roooooobe!!!!!”

    • J Ascher

      White robes don’t count!

  • Where are these horrible candidates coming from? The Federalist Society has been cultivating conservatives at law schools for decades. More than half of the nation’s Governors are Republicans. Do they not have experienced state judges eager for a lifetime federal appointment? After eight years of a Democratic White House, surely there are some experienced trial attorneys, district attorneys, and prosecutors available. What s shit show.

  • Jon Doh

    Trump will likely slam Kennedy for asking those bigly hard questions.

  • Gene Perry

    Geez … watch “Law & Order” or “CSI” and learn basic courtroom procedure.

    • TrollopeReader

      probably even an episode of The Flintstone’s or Rocky & Bullwinkle…

      • GanymedeRenard

        LOL!

  • John

    Hmmm, I have no knowledge of the law, but I’ve watched every Law and Order episode, I should seek out a Federal Judgeship!!

    • TrollopeReader

      lifetime appointment and pension !!

    • J Ascher

      Heck, even watching Judge Judy or The People’s Court should give one more expertise than the nominee has!

  • Dot Beech

    Gah! Those are law school questions that he can’t answer. Not practice. Law school.

    • CJAS

      Meh. He’s two decades removed from law school. He’s been immersed in rules and administration–a very different area. And, for that reason, he should have declined the nomination.

      • Dot Beech

        Sorry, but I don’t agree. They were asking him very basic things and not at all the arcana one must sometimes learn in law school, only to forget again. These errors are on par with that Roy Moore mouth-breather who did not know that one need not “swear on a Christian bible” to assume elected office. Big errors. Glaring errors. No ‘gotcha!’ questions, at all.

        • CJAS

          We don’t have to agree. And I don’t find his lack of knowledge of evidentiary rules is comparable.

  • Halou

    And watch as he sails through the confirmation anyway with the vote split along party lines, because party is above country.

  • Bluto

    How in the FUCK are people who have never tried a case or even possess basic law knowledge being picked for federal judicial positions! GODDAMN!

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      They’re more likely to do what they’re told. They make better puppets

      • The_Wretched

        right, even NWNJs who have a clue about the relevant systems (here the courts) would still look at shockingly stupid ideas side eyed. The clueless won’t know the law well enough to see the problems.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Let’s ask the Moron in Chief. Never occupied a public position. Doesn’t know shit about politics or basic geography. President of the United States. You seriously cannot make this shit up.

  • CJAS

    To be fair, he’s just outside his experience as trial is a distinct area of pracitce.

  • Steve Alcock

    did this idiot pass the bar or just pass out on it?….i can learn more about the law then him by watching old reruns of perry mason…..quick….put him a place of authority….<head explodes…..lol

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    “Thank you, gentlemen. I wish we had more time to spend together.”
    That’s Senatese for “Bless your hearts.”

  • Richard

    Not knowing basic aspects of trial procedures but being nominated to be a judge in the trump administration seems par for the course. Every nomination for department heads made by trump were of people that disliked and wanted to destroy the very department they were being nominated to head…… This is trumps way of destroying democracy……. and the republican congress is helping him to destroy it. Democrats better win back the congress in 2018, otherwise we are doomed..

  • JWC

    yup sounds like a Trump choice

  • JohnJay

    If he actually does get seated, there’s going to be A LOT of appeals and mistrials because he did (or didn’t) do something any able judge should have.

  • TimJ

    I watched this twice it was so hilarious.

  • SDG

    Ha… that was just AMAZING. Just incredible. He should withdraw after that embarrassing shit show.

    • He should withdraw to a tiny, off grid cabin far in the woods and leave the law to those who are actually educated in the law.

  • nocadrummer

    No worries. The GOP will vote him in anyway. He’s no less qualified than any of Trump’s other choices for his administration.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    The entire Trump administration summed up in a 5 minute video. Gawd help us all.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Calling that video cringe worthy doesn’t do it justice. Just….WOW!

  • Cleo

    I just keep wondering, you know Trump isn’t coming up with these names, he doesn’t know these people. Who is actually giving him list short lists? There was obviously some reason this guy was put forward, so who is it pushing these people and why? There has to be some criteria someone is using? Are they straw men? ideologues? Who is behind this? I think that’s the scary thing about Trump, he doesn’t know anything about this stuff, but someone is able to put forth these people for some reason? and we don’t know who and why? What’s the litmus test that got them through the door?

    • Is he or his family a large RNC donor?
      Or…
      Could this be a new “dumbing” down of the courts, as the right wings are doing with schools?

      • Jim Gallagher-Barker

        I thought I read somewhere that either the FRC or Liberty Counsel (yea, those two packs of winners) provided a list of judicial nominees to the Trump administration during the 2016 election campaign–and the Trump administration not only promised to use that list, but has pretty much just dumped the names from the list over into the Senate since January 20, 2017.

        • Ahhh, that makes total sense, of this current “nominate the unqualified” extravaganza. Thanks!

    • -M-

      Heritage foundation and Pence.

    • CraigNJ

      Heritage Foundation

  • “This video cannot be played.” Maybe his incompetency bled trhough to the soeftwre?

    • Follow the twitter link, it should play there.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It’s just Ajit Pai up to his old tricks.

  • How much money did his daddy donate to cheeto-dust? That’s the only way I can think he’d be nominated at all.

  • shivadog

    Did Trump run out of homophobes with actual law experience? Surely there is a semi-competent homophobic lawyer out there somewhere that hasn’t already been appointed to a court.

  • GanymedeRenard
  • Halou
    • Ninja0980

      Yup.
      Actions speak louder then words and this man is caving to the political pressure he is getting back home instead of doing the right thing.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Aha, so that’s what’s this is about. Follow the money, as they say.

    What Petersen would bring to the bench in addition to his inexperience and lack of breadth is his history of zealous opposition to reasonable campaign finance regulations and to enforcing ones already on the books. President Trump nominated Petersen with the clear expectation that he would bring that hostility to limiting money in politics to the bench.

    http://www.pfaw.org/blog-posts/pfaw-joins-other-money-in-politics-reformers-in-opposing-judicial-nominee-matthew-petersen/

  • The_Wretched

    My computer is not playing the new twitter video set up. I tried on three different browsers and without ad or script blocking. i did find it on youtube. Trump appointees are there to destroy and carry out agendas. Being competent is a disadvantage for that task.

  • Piet

    Amazing. Sad.

  • agcons

    Yet another meth-faced bug-eyed moron. All the best people!

  • ClevelandJim

    He was realllllly struggling to answer those questions, which is odd considering the answers were obviously, “No. No. No. No. No. No,” and, “No.”

  • mark99k

    Could’ve all been condensed to the dual queries “Do you know diddlysquat about the law?” and “Can you spew transparently ignorant responses and expect to be taken seriously?”

  • eddie beskeddie

    is this video around somewhere else that royalty rights wont stop my computer from viewing it here in Denmark?