March 02, 2018
There's no law against being conservative, but two extreme organizations would love to believe there is. After more than a year of watching President Trump populate his agencies with pro-life, pro-freedom leaders, many liberals are doing everything they can to force the staffers -- and their policies -- out. That includes, The Hill reports, a 10-page lawsuit.
Tired of seeing their radical progress overturned, People for the American Way and Right Wing Watch are trying to undo the results of the election -- one court case at a time. Their latest attempt, suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is a stretch even by leftist standards. The gist of the complaint is nothing more than the natural consequence of democracy: they object to an administration implementing polices in line with its ideology.
According to the suit, HUD, which is overseen by Secretary Ben Carson, "quietly removed materials from their website" that promoted Obama-era transgenderism in public housing. Trump officials also, they argue, canceled a survey on LGBT homelessness, and ended its partnership with a far-Left study on supposed discrimination against people who identify as gay and lesbian.
Of course, none of those changes should come as a surprise to anyone who paid attention to the priorities of Donald Trump. HUD officials, like the president, believe in housing for everyone -- not special privileges for a vocal few. The suit, which claims that HUD hasn't replied quickly enough to the groups' demands for information, seems to forget that Barack Obama's administration ignored more than 479,000 FOIA requests just in its first four years! Yet they don't mind blasting Trump officials for not complying with their demands in a matter of months.
Meanwhile, at HHS, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has her sights set on the resignation of Scott Lloyd, the pro-life head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which made headlines when the ACLU snuck its minor girls off in the early hours of the morning for abortions before the Justice Department could intervene. Now, despite complaints that some of these teenagers in custody are being coerced to abort, Washington's radical senator wants to unseat the one man who has their best interest at heart.
"Under Scott Lloyd's leadership," Murray complained, "an office tasked with caring for young, vulnerable women in our country's custody has been turned into an 'ad hoc' testing ground for the Trump-Pence plan to interfere with women's most personal health care decisions and take away women's constitutional right to safe, legal abortion." Insisting that she cares deeply for these young women, she goes on to blast Lloyd as "nothing less than a threat to their safety." "He should step down immediately," she insisted.
Lloyd, who's faced his share of extremists in the days since October when he tried to shield a vulnerable 17-year-old mom from the agenda of groups like Planned Parenthood, isn't budging. "Refuge is the basis of our name and is at the core of what we provide, and we provide this to all the minors in our care, including their unborn children, every day..."
March for Life Action President (and former FRCer) Tom McClusky says that Murray and others "seem to have forgotten the general rule of politics that elections have consequences. When President Obama was elected, he quickly surrounded himself with ardent pro-abortion advocates and activists, and put them in positions of responsibility. That Obama's successor would appoint people with different priorities is par for the course."
This is what a majority of voters elected Donald Trump to do. President Trump could not have been clearer on his pro-life intentions. There is a reason the Left is screaming, and it should be the same reason constitutional conservatives should be cheering. The Trump administration is the first Republican administration since Ronald Reagan to not just stop the liberal predecessor's policies, but actually dismantle the Leftist framework of government that has carried liberal policies forward since FDR. For evangelicals, this should be an encouraging sign of what can happen when Christians are engaged in the political process. Positive changes are taking place every day -- even if the press isn't reporting them! So, stay involved and protect the progress the Trump administration is making.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.