Trump judicial nominee once called diversity 'code for relaxed standards': report

Trump judicial nominee once called diversity 'code for relaxed standards': report
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One of President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE's judicial nominees once called diversity a "code for relaxed standards," BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday.

Gordon Giampietro — who was nominated by Trump for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin — allegedly made the comments on a blog post on the website "The Catholic Thing."

The author of the post said the “federal government crossed a constitutional divide when it claimed the authority to bar discriminations on the basis of race in private inns and restaurants" with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Giampietro commented on the post in March of 2014.


“Absent slavery, there might have been a vibrant federalism that allowed for differences of opinion to exist side by side until the truth will out,” Giampietro wrote.

"Absent slavery, there is no racial spoils system, no calls for diversity — which is code for relaxed standards (moral and intellectual) — and no eye-rolling when appeals are made to ‘states rights.’ In short, because we denied blacks the fundamental human right to freedom we sowed the seeds of our own loss of freedom."

According to BuzzFeed News, a source familiar with Giampietro's nomination confirmed that he wrote the comment.

Giampietro has also made comments in the past against same-sex relationships. In a July 2015 radio interview, he argued that children are best raised by a man and woman, according to BuzzFeed.

“No one would disagree with the fact that children — all the social science research shows this — are best raised by a man and a woman," he said during that interview.

"This is natural, this is the truth, and it’s irrefutable. And so I think it has to be articulated in a way which isn’t dismissive of those troubled relationships, but it is reaffirming of the truth of marriage."

An administration official told BuzzFeed News that Giampietro's personal religious views have "nothing to do with what he will do as a federal judge."

"He was able to put aside his personal religious views and do his job then, and he’ll be able to do the same thing as a judge,” the administration official told BuzzFeed.

"He did so for over a dozen years serving the people of Milwaukee as an Assistant United States Attorney demonstrate his deep commitment to the rule of law."

Giampietro previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Wisconsin from 2002 to 2015 and serves now as an assistant general counsel for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.