President Donald Trump's latest appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is known for his belief in strict equality before the law – and that will likely raise the ire of the Left.
J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ attorney, has a distinguished record of fighting – successfully – to protect the civil rights of black Americans when they are threatened. That's according to Washington Examiner op-ed writer Quin Hillyer, who adds that Adams "has long been a thorn in the side of the Left."
Adams is the founder of the Election Law Center. He writes on the Center's website about his appointment:
"Everyone is entitled to civil rights, and too many for too long have had a too narrow view of that question. I hope to use my time on the Commission to reinvigorate a broader understanding of what our great Constitution has promised is a civil right."
Hillyer writes that "nobody will fight harder for the civil rights of black Americans than Christian Adams will. He will do so, however, from the standard not of racial grievance, but of strict equality before the law."
In an interview Wednesday with American Family Radio, Adams explained that his story kind of goes full circle.
"This Commission is what got me out of the Justice Department," he told talk-show host Sandy Rios. "I was subpoenaed by the Civil Rights Commission to testify about the New Black Panther dismissal – you know, those guys out there waving nightsticks at people [who wanted to vote].
"I had a choice," Adams continues. "I had to either comply with the subpoena or ignore the subpoena – and I thought the only way I could do this was by quitting my job at DOJ and complying with the subpoenas."
The New Black Panther situation occurred during the Obama administration, specifically when Eric Holder was attorney general of the United States.
Adams says he looks forward to serving on the Commission, which was formed by President Dwight Eisenhower.
"It's always at the forefront of civil rights issues," he shared, "and we get to spend our time working on what's gone wrong with the country, what can we do to make the country better, and taking a hard look at those things."
Adams then added: "I'll put my civil rights record up against anybody who wants to criticize me. I've helped black voters, I've helped Hispanics, I've helped whites – all in the civil rights context."
The appointment last five years.
8/12/20 - Comments from radio interview added.