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WASHINGTON ― An influential conservative group this week launched a blatantly Islamophobic and deceptive advert marketing campaign concentrating on one among President Joe Biden’s Muslim judicial nominees, Adeel Mangi.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a right-wing judicial advocacy group identified for its regular stream of nameless funding and a earlier multimillion-dollar marketing campaign aimed toward smearing then-Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, unveiled digital advertisements on Tuesday that try and stress Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to oppose Mangi’s affirmation. Both Democrats are up for reelection in November.

JCN’s assaults on Mangi, a 23-year civil litigator based mostly in New Jersey who’s on observe to be the nation’s first Muslim appeals courtroom choose, are as misleading as they’re ugly. The group’s advertisements accuse Mangi of being a “radical” and an “antisemite,” and of advising a corporation that teaches college students “to hate Israel, to hate America and to support global terrorism.”

The advertisements even use video footage of the second aircraft crashing into the World Trade Center within the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist assault, overlaid with a headline about Mangi.

“Tell Jon Tester to vote no on giving antisemite Adeel Mangi a lifetime position on our courts,” says the narrator within the advert, as dramatic music performs within the background.

You can see the Tester advert for your self right here:

What the advertisements don’t point out is what occurred after Republicans made equally ugly assaults on Mangi in his December listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee.

During that listening to, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) berated Mangi and inappropriately demanded he share his private views on the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults, the Oct. 7 terrorist assault in Israel and the Israeli-Hamas battle on the whole.

Mangi sharply rejected their false claims about his document and views. He denounced all terrorism. He repeatedly mentioned he didn’t know something a couple of 2021 anti-Zionist occasion co-sponsored by Rutgers Law School’s Center for Security, Race and Rights or its controversial audio system. (Mangi was on an advisory board for the middle from 1999 to 2023; it met every year and was solely centered on presenting concepts for tutorial analysis on the legislation faculty.)

Republicans additionally questioned Mangi about donations he and his legislation agency, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, made to this middle, saying it confirmed they supported its antisemitic actions. Mangi mentioned his donations have been all supposed to assist the legislation faculty’s educational analysis “to oppose bigotry and discrimination and to advance religious liberty.” His legislation agency donated cash for legislation fellowships, he mentioned, and he had no position in these selections.

Meanwhile, Democrats scolded Republicans for his or her open hostility towards Mangi. Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) informed them they’d reached “a new low” and even apologized to Mangi on behalf of the committee. The largest nationwide Muslim civil rights group later publicly denounced the GOP senators for his or her remedy of Mangi. So did the Anti-Defamation League, the main nationwide group centered on combating antisemitism.

“ADL is compelled to speak out about the inappropriate and prejudicial treatment of Adeel Abdullah Mangi,” the ADL mentioned in a January assertion.

“Just as associating Jewish Americans with certain views or beliefs regarding Israeli government actions would be deemed antisemitic, berating the first American Muslim federal appellate judicial nominee with endless questions that appear to have been motivated by bias towards his religion is profoundly wrong,” mentioned the group. “This was an attempt to create controversy where one did not exist.”

Most notably, greater than a dozen main Jewish teams have since endorsed Mangi’s nomination and praised his document of defending spiritual freedom.

“Having ethical and unbiased judges is ingrained in our Jewish teachings in which we are taught that ‘judges need to be people of strength through good deeds,’” the National Council of Jewish Women, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and others mentioned in a joint letter to senators. “It is clear to us that Adeel A. Mangi is a person of strength and good deeds, as evidenced by his career, devotion to his community, and commitment to religious freedom and civil rights.”

On Friday, nonetheless one other outstanding Jewish chief stood as much as defend Mangi. Amy Spitalnick, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the chief of the group that funded the 2017 lawsuit towards organizers of the lethal neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, condemned JCN’s advertisements.

“The attacks that Adeel Mangi has faced from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and now from outside groups are a sickening example of politicians fueling Islamophobic bigotry by weaponizing false smears of antisemitism,” Spitalnick mentioned in a press release. “These smears do nothing to further the safety and security of Jews, or anyone else, in this country — they’re only an attempt to drive dangerous wedges between our community and others at a moment when solidarity has never been more urgent.”

“These are cynical attacks,” she added, “and we won’t stand silently by when cynical politicians stoke division in our name.”

President Joe Biden's judicial nominee Adeel Mangi testifies during his Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing on Dec.  13,
President Joe Biden's judicial nominee Adeel Mangi testifies throughout his Senate Judiciary Committee nomination listening to on Dec. 13,

JCN is relying on folks not understanding any of this because it tries to color Mangi as an antisemitic terrorist sympathizer. Conservative media, in the meantime, has been amplifying JCN's assaults.

Biden continues to defend Mangi, who Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) beneficial to the White House for the seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the third Circuit.

“The White House stands 100% behind Mr. Mangi and we call on the Senate to swiftly confirm him,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates mentioned in a press release. “Mr. Mangi has been subjected to uniquely hostile attacks, in a way other nominees have not ― precisely because of his Muslim faith.”

Bates famous that Fox News was among the many conservative information shops that ran a narrative this week that includes JCN’s advertisements attacking Mangi. The outlet didn’t attain out to the White House for remark, Bates mentioned, and didn’t use a remark the White House supplied. Instead, it used an outdated assertion about Mangi.

He handed alongside the assertion the White House despatched to Fox News that was not used.

“Fox News is discredited on this subject because it has failed to even apologize after allowing its hosts to make a series of outrageous Antisemitic comments on the air, including the repugnant claim that the Holocaust taught its victims a better work ethic,” Bates mentioned within the assertion. “President Biden is deeply proud to have nominated Adeel Abdullah Mangi, an indisputably qualified and experienced attorney who has lived the American dream and is devoted to our Constitution and the rule of law.”

Booker equally fumed to HuffPost on Thursday concerning the baseless assaults on Mangi, who he mentioned is “an accomplished and respected attorney in New Jersey’s legal community” and doesn’t deserve this remedy.

“It’s disgusting that a person of Adeel Mangi’s character and stature has had to face this unrelenting smear campaign from right-wing dark money groups who will stop at nothing to tear down one of President Biden’s best judicial nominees, including slandering a good man with unconscionable false claims,” the Democratic senator mentioned in a press release.

“It’s disgusting," Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said of the GOP's Islamophobic attacks on Muslim judicial nominee, Adeel Mangi.
“It’s disgusting,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said of the GOP’s Islamophobic attacks on Muslim judicial nominee, Adeel Mangi.

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Emily Hampsten, a spokesperson for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it’s “obvious” that JCN’s advertisements are a part of a broader, coordinated effort by conservative teams to tank Mangi’s nomination.

“Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans have stooped to a new low, shamelessly hurling meritless, Islamophobic insults and unfounded lines of questioning at Mr. Mangi, and now their dark money partners are pouring in thousands of dollars to spew a completely false and racist narrative about his character,” Hampsten said.

It’s not clear when the Senate plans to hold Mangi’s final confirmation vote. The judiciary committee advanced his nomination last month in a party-line vote, which is common with Biden’s judicial nominees.

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the timing of Mangi’s vote hasn’t yet been decided.

Tester is keeping mum on how he’ll vote. “Senator Tester is reviewing the nomination and taking feedback from Montanans,” said his spokesperson, Sarah Feldman.

Casey’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

“It’s disgusting.”

– Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)

JCN president Carrie Severino did not respond to a request for comment on why her group is attacking Mangi for being antisemitic when there is no evidence that he is, and when virtually every major Jewish group, including ADL, has strongly endorsed him.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a member of the judiciary committee, said it is important to remember JCN’s ties to other influential conservative groups like the Federalist Society and its powerful leader, Leonard Leo. These groups are collectively hellbent on putting far-right conservatives into lifetime seats on federal courts, he said.

“The Judicial Crisis Network is the phony front into which Leonard Leo shoveled millions in special-interest dark money to capture and control the Supreme Court,” Whitehouse told HuffPost in a statement. “Now Leo’s dark-money outfit is disparaging Judge Mangi’s record, to tank America’s first Muslim federal appellate court nominee.”

“It’s a dark-money hit job on a highly qualified person.”