The Federalist Society is seen as must-join organization for the conservative ranks of the legal profession. In many ways membership functions as a litmus test for a very specific flavor of constitutional interpretation that conservatives believe demonstrates true fidelity to our democratic principles.
So why then would the Dallas chapter of The Federalist Society host prominent white nationalist Peter Brimelow on a panel debating birthright citizenship?
Brimelow is known as an outspoken and hostile critic of immigration who saves his most aggressive attacks for immigrants of color. In his 1995 book Alien nation he argued that America is a historically white-dominated nation and it should stay that way. He’s called for all white Americans to demand a change to immigration quotas that would favor white immigrants and believes the role of race in American society is “elemental, absolute, fundamental.”
Brimelow is also on record as lamenting the GOP’s lack of open support of “pro white” views and is a strong supporter of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens.
While Brimelow may think that the GOP no longer openly supports “pro white” views, his presence on the Dallas panel alongside former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, law professors and solicitor generals suggests otherwise. And this is a recurring theme with Republicans, and a dangerous one.
It’s impossible to argue straight-faced that the GOP doesn’t at a minimum flirt with white nationalism. Given the current legislative proposals at the state and federal level, including birther inspired electoral requirements, racial profiling voting and immigration measures all the way to secessionist measures this flirtation is turning into a full-on open relationship.
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