💯 It has been my dream to work in Washington, in the federal government. I believe I can make a difference. But, as recently as this week, a mentor said I am too vocal. That I need to tone it down. And I tried to censor myself — but that has lasted only for 24 hours.

This window of time feels like death. And if landing and retaining a job requires taking my gloves off when I see injustice in the world, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the job can go to hell then.

To say that I am deeply disappointed in Merrick Garland deciding to take Donald Trump‘s case against E. Jean Carroll is an understatement. It was not legally necessary or ethically correct. Moreover it reflects this country’s long history of racism and misogyny.

In America we have a legacy of lynching black children and black men if they even glance at a white woman. And in America we also have a history of giving wealthy well-connected usually white men a pass when it comes to sexual assault and rape.

But if you are a powerful white man, you can be a Supreme Court justice after screaming and yelling and lying at your confirmation hearing about sexually assaulting someone when you were a teenager. And the woman who finally spoke out will be shunned and shamed.

And, if you have a long history of credible allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape, you can be president. And you can even lie about it as president and defame the accuser and the DOJ will take your side and say that if the president lies it’s legal.

Even when the lie is about a decades old rape allegation. If the president lies about that the government will defend him.

I believe Merrick Garland is wrong on the law. But he is also shown his hand. I fear that I was wrong about him.

I believe that this brief in the E. Jean Carroll case has shown his hand. I think he agrees with Bill bar and that when push comes to show of, he believes that President is immune from prosecution for obstruction of justice. I truly hope I am wrong.

That should say Barr and push comes to shove
Stay tune. I’m going to write a longer piece about this for an actual publication not just Twitter.

Phew. Maybe I’ve given up my possible career in Washington forever, but at least I have my voice back.


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