Trump selected John Gore, a lawyer who has defended many Republican states that passed restrictions on voting rights as the new deputy assistant attorney general in charge of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

 

Gore does boast some expertise in civil-rights litigation — specifically, he has considerable experience defending the Republican Party against allegations that its voting laws violate civil rights.

 

As BuzzFeed notes, Gore defended controversial redistricting plans pushed by Republicans in Florida, New York, and South Carolina in 2012.

 

He also defended Florida governor Rick Scott’s attempt to purge his state’s voting rolls of non-citizens, shortly before the 2012 election. A federal court later ruled that Scott’s measure had violated the National Voter Registration Act, as it purged many legal voters from the rolls, most of whom happened to belong to left-leaning constituencies.

 

Don’t expect vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws in the next four years. Don’t expect any enforcement of civil rights laws, and you won’t be disappointed.