The one man most likely to turn the U.S. into a theocracy


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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is having a moment. Last month, Hawley tore into a Trump judicial nominee. The nominee’s sin? Michael Bogren had the audacity to represent a Michigan city that wanted to enforce a civil rights ordinance against Catholic business owners who believe they have a constitutional right to discriminate. Hawley’s interrogation of Bogren was widely condemned even by many conservative voices.

Ian Millhiser | ThinkProgress

Ed Whelan, the legal activist best known for using the real estate search engine Zillow to argue that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not attempt to rape Christine Blasey Ford, warned that Hawley’s attacks on Bogren “could redound to the detriment of conservative nominees who have defended religious liberty or pro-life legislation in unpopular contexts.” The Federalist, a conservative website, published a column titled “No, Judicial Nominee Mike Bogren Is Not An Anti-Religious Bigot.”

Yet Hawley ultimately prevailed. Though Hawley’s inquisition of Bogren was denounced by the far right, it went viral among the far, far right. On Tuesday, Bogren sent a letter to President Trump asking that his nomination be withdrawn.

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