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Trump Appoints Conservative Firebrand to Office for Civil Rights

Last year, in the context of the ongoing debate about campus rape, Hillary Clinton’s campaign declared that women reporting sexual assault “have the right to be believed.” This statement irked due process advocates, who said that campus procedures already saddled the accused with a presumption of guilt.

Now, in one of his presidency’s most pointed acts of trolling, Donald Trump has elevated to the Office for Civil Rights in Education—the agency charged with policing campus rape—a woman who is best known for publicly prosecuting Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct toward women and Hillary Clinton’s supposed complicity. The Washington Post reports:

Candice E. Jackson, who aided Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by highlighting Hillary Clinton’s role in defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, has been tapped for a key civil rights position at the Education Department, according to her alma mater.

A report from Pepperdine University’s law school, from which Jackson earned a degree in 2002, said Jackson will serve as acting assistant secretary for civil rights. If the report is true, she would temporarily be in charge of the office responsible for enforcing the nation’s civil rights laws in schools, including their handling of campus sexual assault. She also has been hired as deputy assistant secretary for civil rights, according to the university report. […]

Jackson is the author of the 2005 book “Their Lives: Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine,” which detailed the stories of women such as Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, who said their lives had been upended and their reputations ruined after crossing paths with former president Bill Clinton.

If you put partisanship aside, Jackson’s record—campaigning on behalf of Bill Clinton’s accusers, excoriating Hillary Clinton for defending an alleged rapist—might suggest that she would be a hard-line feminist on the campus sexual assault issue, inclined to support policies that would make it harder for college men to defend themselves against sexual assault claims.

But all the evidence suggests that Jackson is very much of a partisan. Some of her inflammatory charges against the Clintons may be legitimate, but she actively campaigned for a man whose record on women is hardly any better.

No one can say what kinds of policies she will champion at the helm of the powerful OCR. Its leadership under President Obama was composed of ideologues who worked to implement the agenda of the campus feminist Left; it wouldn’t surprise us if someone like Jackson is prepared to make similarly radical changes, but in the opposite direction.

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  • D4x

    “…but she actively campaigned for a man whose record on women is hardly any better….” Excuse us all to wonder about implicit bias here.

    • Andrew Allison

      Implict my rear-end! It’s slander.

      • D4x

        It’s been slander ever since Obama44’s Office for Civil Rights in Education defined WORDS = sexual assault, thus turning Billy Bush’s hot mic recording into candidate Trump’s immortal ‘crime’ against all women. Did anyone ever challenge Anderson Cooper accusation of sexual assault at that debate? No.

        Delegitimization continues…

        • QET

          Unfortunately, TAI harbors some who simply loathe Trump on a visceral, sub-rational level, and this emoting tends to find its little outlets and vents in scattered remarks of this kind.

          • D4x

            If only it was just ‘some at TAI’, not an organized campaign to delegitimize POTUS into an imaginary impeachment. Ben Rhodes’ echo chamber on JCPOA is far too durable.

  • Eurydice

    “…most pointed acts of trolling…”?

  • FriendlyGoat

    Well, when Candice Jackson becomes responsible for something besides bashing Bill and Hillary Clinton, she will become obligated to explain why “Bill Clinton behavior” by males in schools is not any cause for concern and why women should most certainly not have any administrative leverage against it.

  • f1b0nacc1

    “If you put partisanship aside, Jackson’s record—campaigning on behalf of Bill Clinton’s accusers, excoriating Hillary Clinton for defending an alleged rapist—might suggest that she would be a hard-line feminist on the campus sexual assault issue, inclined to support policies that would make it harder for college men to defend themselves against sexual assault claims.”

    Since Bill Clinton’s accusers were accusing him of real rape (not simply naughty words or hurt feelings) and that they wanted to prosecute in a court of law, not some administrative Star Chamber where the accused wasn’t allowed to defend themselves. one would actually assume that Jackson’s record indicates that she would NOT be a hard-line feminist on the campus sexual assault issue. To pretend that campus feminists have any interest in real justice (as opposed to simply revenge upon all males for the injustices that they supposedly have inflicted upon womankind) is silly, but hardly much of a surprise here at TAI.

    Jackson is a partisan. Is this a surprise to anyone, and why should it matter? I noticed no suggestion that these latter day Savonarolas who have infested the DOJ for the last 8 years were somehow unfit for office merely on the basis of their status as partisans, which they certainly were.

    Perhaps this will be a useful less to the state supremacists regarding the dangers of giving bureaucracies too much power. I rather doubt it though…

  • QET

    Amazing that someone who merely undoes what the Obama zealots did, who merely returns us to the status quo ex ante, is considered to be as equally “partisan” as the zealots. Time to trot out that old Chesterton remark again: “the business of progressives is to go on making mistakes; the business of conservatives is to prevent correcting them.” It’s long past the time when conservatives ought to discontinue handing this “structural” advantage to the Left.

  • Pete

    “..but she actively campaigned for a man [Donald Trump] whose record on women is hardly any better”

    What a totally ignorant statement to make.

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