Donald Trump has a penchant for appointing people to position that they are not only grossly unqualified for, but also hostile to the missions of said position. Case in point, his Health and Human Services Refugee Resettlement Chief, E. Scott Lloyd.
This is a man with well-know, staunch anti-abortion views. He has used his position of power to force undocumented women – including rape victims – to give birth against their will. Oh, and did we also mention that he also told the people in his office to deny legal counsel to the women – some of them teenage girls – in the care of his agency? It doesn’t get much more despicable than that.
Luckily, the dictatorship that Trump wants to build has yet to materialize and we still have great investigative reporters to expose this sort of horrific abuse of power at the expense of the most vulnerable people in our society. The Rachel Maddow show exposed what Lloyd has been doing, and now the Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement is being sued for these egregious Constitutional violations. Maddow highlighted court documents that previously had not been released regarding Lloyd’s actions, the most troubling of which is when he tried to force a 17-year-old rape victim to carry a pregnancy to term. She eventually, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) get an abortion after weeks and weeks of trying. It is unclear what has become of at least three other women in the care of Lloyd’s agency who found themselves in similar dire circumstances.
Lloyd even got personally involved, trying to manipulate and guilt these women into carrying their pregnancies to term – even going so far as to say that undocumented immigrants are not entitled to control their own bodies under the United States Constitution.
This is insane in the extreme. And the Right tries to say that there’s no war on women. What this man is doing is criminal, and he should be removed immediately.
Watch the bombshell report below, courtesy of MSNBC and The Rachel Maddow Show:
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