Senator Ted Cruz lowered the boom on Joe Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, Vanita Gupta. It may be one of Biden’s more hotly contested nominees and it isn’t looking good.
Cruz said Gupta is a “hard left partisan radical” but he didn’t stop there:
This nominee’s record is that of an extreme partisan ideologue. [She is] an extreme political activist that the Democrats want to be the number three lawyer at the Department of Justice.
“For years, she has demonstrated a persistent hostility to religious liberty, such as when she defended the Obama administration’s targeting and persecution of the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Cruz reminded the room. “Not too long ago, religious liberty was a bipartisan commitment in this body. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was introduced by then-Representative Chuck Schumer, now the Senate majority leader. It passed the House unanimously. It passed the Senate 93 to three and was signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Sadly, today’s Democrat Party has abandoned religious liberty. That is no longer a commitment. Instead, today’s Democratic Party embraces extreme ideas like the Equality Act, which has just come out of the House of Representatives, a radical piece of legislation that, among other things, explicitly repeals major parts of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — designed to take away your religious liberty. Ms. Gupta has been a vocal defender of the misnamed Equality Act. She lobbied for its passage, a fact that she didn’t disclose to the committee initially when she was before the Judiciary Committee. I asked if she agreed with the provisions in the Equality Act that take away religious liberty protections from Americans. Again, Ms. Gupta refused to answer that question too.”
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