Trump’s federal judge pick says Confederate ‘president’ portrait on his wall ‘has nothing to do with race’
Liles Burke, President Donald Trump’s nominee for a district judgeship in the Northern District of Alabama, claims to “absolutely reject racism in all its forms” — but still defends hanging a portrait of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, on a wall in his office.
According to Bloomberg, Burke, who currently serves as an Associate Judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, said a court archivist found the portrait of Davis and suggested he hang it on his wall.
“The reason that I hung that really has nothing to do with race and everything to do with its historical significance,” Burke said of the portrait that hung in his court chamber office from 2011 to 2012. He claimed it was followed by portraits of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Booker T. Washington.