Dave Weigel to Megyn Kelly: Stop obsessing about DOJ favoritism

Dave Weigel is annoyed that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly keeps asking why the Department of Justice (DOJ) inexplicably dismissed a voter intimidation case involving a club-wielding, violence-fomenting  New Black Panther Party (NBPP) member, King Samir Shabazz.

According to his piece in the Atlantic yesterday, Weigel needs help understanding “Kelly’s obsession with the current NBPP.” So I guess I need help understanding Weigel’s eagerness to bury the DOJ’s bizarre leniency toward a notorious racist.

I mean if you can’t obsess about a club-wielding thug who wants blacks to kill “cracker” babies, what can you obsess about?

Former DOJ attorney, J. Christian Adams, recounted Shabazz’ actions on Election Day 2008 and what followed:

On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia. They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers. After the election, the Justice Department brought a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and those armed thugs. I and other Justice attorneys diligently pursued the case and obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the charges. Before a final judgment could be entered in May 2009, our superiors ordered us to dismiss the case.

 I wonder if Weigel would be as eager for Kelly and others to lay off this story if the Justice Department was coddling a notorious white-hooded racist named Bubba who rants about killing black babies and threatens voters on Election Day? I doubt that Weigel would accuse Kelly of obsessing if she demanded to know why:

  • The DOJ dismissed the case against Bubba after it had been won.
  • DOJ officials were ordered to ignore subpoenas and refuse to testify about Bubba’s case before the Civil Rights Commission.
  • A former DOJ attorney testified that Bubba got a pass because his supervisor told him the DOJ will not prosecute white-on-black crime.

Adams wrote:

Most disturbing, the dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.

The fact that the Shabazz case involves the reverse of the Bubba scenario should make no difference to fair-minded Americans. Racism is racism. But unfortunately the evidence indicates that Shabazz’ considerable racism extends to the DOJ and beyond to Weigel himself. Either that, or Weigel possesses a significant blind spot in favor of the party in charge at the DOJ.

Regardless of what is going on in Weigel’s head, he’s going to be busy if he intends to spread his condescending snark over everyone protesting this circus, because Kelly isn’t the only one demonstrating an “obsession with the NBPP” these days.

The Civil Rights Commission obsessed in a letter to the Justice Department about “a culture of pervasive hostility to the equal enforcement of civil rights protections in the Civil Rights Division.”

And Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) obsessively demanded that the Inspector General investigate the Justice Department’s actions in a letter with some pretty obsessive-sounding comments about “rotten” things “happening at the [Justice] department.”

So, there you have it, Mr. Weigel. Kelly isn’t the only one demanding that the Justice Department put the blindfold back on and treat law-breakers equally, regardless of their skin color.

If you ignore that, you may be the one appearing a little… well, obsessive.

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