Trump federal judge nominee on date rape: ‘Getting to that point was part of her choice’

Donald Trump nominated Neomi Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit. The judgeship is so important that it is often a stop on the way to the Supreme Court, for which Rao is also reportedly being considered should a position become available during Trump’s first (and hopefully only) term. 

Buzzfeed reports that Rao has had some startling views in her past, on everything from LGBTQ rights to date rape. 

In pieces reviewed by BuzzFeed News that Rao wrote between 1994 and 1996 — she graduated from Yale University in 1995 — she described race as a “hot, money-making issue,” affirmative action as the “anointed dragon of liberal excess,” welfare as being for “for the indigent and lazy,” and LGBT issues as part of “trendy” political movements. On date rape, Rao 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.” [Emphasis added.]

Utterly disqualifying, even if it comes from her college days. Just disgusting to the core. And if you think maybe we should be focusing on her record as a judge, welp—she has no record as a judge.

Rao has never been a judge, and absent any record on the bench, her writings as a student and later as a prominent law professor, which she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, are expected to feature prominently in the fight over her nomination.

Nan Aron, president of the liberal advocacy group Alliance for Justice, which first highlighted Rao’s college writings to BuzzFeed News, said Rao’s columns were “consistent with the administration’s support of candidates who make racially insensitive statements and comments hostile to sexual assault survivors.”

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