In a preview of things to come after President Joe Biden made it clear that his first Supreme Court pick will prioritize racial identity by tapping a black woman to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, the incoming executive director of one of the nation’s preeminent law schools has been bullied into apologizing for his “racist” opinion on the yet-to-be-named nominee.
Ilya Shapiro who is set to assume his new job at Georgetown University next week where he will serve as executive director and senior lecturer at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, got off on the wrong foot with his new boss when the school’s dean denounced a series of his tweets as “appalling,” likely setting into motion a campaign for his cancellation.
When the news broke that the 83-year-old Bill Clinton appointee had bowed to pressure from far-left activists to hang up his robe and call it a career, allowing Biden to pick his replacement before Democrats lose control of the Senate and that the nation’s 46th president immediately shrank the pool of qualified jurists, Ilya Shapiro was among those who expressed an opinion that infuriated the “woke” mob which serves as the regime’s ideological thought police.
In his controversial tweets which have since been deleted, Shapiro plugged D.C. Appeals Court Judge Sri Srinivasan, writing “Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog & v smart. Even has identified politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American,”
He then veered into forbidden territory by adding, “But alas doesn’t fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman,”
Then for good measure, Shapiro tweeted “Because Biden will only consider black women for SCOTUS, his nominee will always have an asterisk attached. Fitting that the Court takes up affirmative action next term.”
In an earlier tweet, Shapiro polled his followers on whether Biden is racist and sexist for the elimination of all but black women from consideration for the soon to be open SCOTUS seat.
Shapiro, who served as the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and vice president of the conservative Cato Institute, was savaged for his frank commentary which was treated as blasphemy from the political left, including from William M. Treanor, the dean and executive vice president of the Georgetown University Law Center, who issued a statement in which he condemned the tweets.
Bill Treanor, dean of Georgetown University Law Center, sent a school-wide email condemning future GULC professor Ilya Shapiro's racist tweets this morning. pic.twitter.com/OcD39ls8we
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 27, 2022
“The tweets’ suggestion that the best Supreme Court nominee could not be a Black woman and their use of demeaning language are appalling,” said Dean Treanor. “The tweets are at odds with everything we stand for at Georgetown Law and are damaging to the culture of equity and inclusion that Georgetown Law is building every day.”
Shapiro has apologized for his “appalling” tweet, calling it “inartful” and that he has taken it down but that likely won’t be enough to quell the bloodlust of the mob.
I apologize. I meant no offense, but it was an inartful tweet. I have taken it down. https://t.co/3d39BuCt3p
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) January 27, 2022
Many took to Twitter in defense of Shapiro.
The President has stated he’s limiting selection for SCOTUS to 2% of the lawyer pool. Ilya Shapiro is getting lambasted for pointing out that this truncating of the pool makes it statistically and highly improbable that the best candidate can be selected. But hysteria > logic. https://t.co/7HKOILnGdo
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) January 27, 2022
@ishapiro is right.
I know…facts are racist™.
It is IMPOSSIBLE for a Democrat to pick someone like Sri for SCOTUS given the political intersectionality that permeates the Democrat Party. https://t.co/10OtiwPHMr
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) January 27, 2022
Insane. Shapiro’s tweet was poorly worded, but everyone knew exactly what he meant. A left-wing smear artist stirred up an online outrage mob based on completely distorting what he said and within hours the GL Dean is denouncing him.
This culture is crazy and unsustainable. https://t.co/ch8ZEVdin4
— AG (@AGHamilton29) January 27, 2022
“We should call all of this what it is: an immoral, dishonest, and scurrilous smear campaign. And this sort of thing will only intensify.” https://t.co/6FTeAIq9Qn
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 27, 2022
Does anyone in their right mind believe that Kamala Harris gets picked for VP if…she wasn’t half Black?
There is zero chance a Tamil Brahmin woman gets picked otherwise. ZERO.
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) January 27, 2022
Shapiro’s Georgetown job could be hanging in the balance with intense pressure being brought on the university to cancel him as the mob sharpens their fangs and moves in for the kill.
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