Now that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump’s choice to replace him on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is running into trouble.
Trump’s nominee, Neomi Rao, is receiving pushback from some members of both parties based upon articles she penned while she was a Yale student. In one piece about date rape, for example, she wrote that if a woman “drinks to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice,” prompting Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to express concern.
During Rao’s hearing, Ernst said several writings gave her “pause” and she worries about “a message that we are sending young women everywhere.” Rao said that since graduating from college many years ago, she’s “matured as a thinker and a writer and indeed as a person.”
Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) likened the criticism of Rao to how Kavanaugh was recently treated. An especially odd exchange occurred later when Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) chimed in and asked Rao if she’s ever employed anyone who’s identified as LGBTQ. Rao responded perfectly, saying she doesn’t know her employees’ sexual orientation. “I treat people as individuals,” she said.
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