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FLASHBACK: Dick Durbin’s Office Sought To Block Bush’s ‘Latino’ Court Nominee

MEMO STATES: Miguel Estrada was an “especially dangerous” prospect because “he is Latino.”



DAILY CALLER:


When Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin played the race card Wednesday against Republicans blocking Loretta Lynch’s attorney general nomination, he must have forgotten all of the times he opposed Republican minority nominees.
In one of those instances of obstinance, Durbin’s Senate staff submitted a memo in 2001 asserting that George W. Bush U.S. Appeals Court’s nominee Miguel Estrada was an “especially dangerous” prospect because “he is Latino.”
On Wednesday, Durbin took to the Senate floor to accuse Republicans of forcing Lynch, who is black, “to sit in the back of the bus” until a vote on a controversial sex trafficking bill is resolved.
Durbin’s dramatic statement was a reference to civil rights icon Rosa Park’s refusal to move to the back of a Montgomery, Ala. bus in 1955.
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