Unacceptable. ð¡ Sign the petition and tell the Senate to #StopRao's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: https://t.co/SmL8JS7by9 #NeomiRao #CoryBooker #CourtsMatter pic.twitter.com/0GSxTNgFSi— CREDO Mobile (@CREDOMobile) February 5, 2019
“You know, senator, my personal views on any of these subjects are things I would put to one side and faithfully follow the precedents of the Supreme Court,” Rao answered, demonstrating tremendous patience with the inquisition she was subjected to.
Booker went on to compare the LGBTQ movement to the Civil Rights movement and demand an answer of Rao, but she held firm and refused to divulge her personal convictions on the matter.
Texan Republican Sen. Ted Cruz responded to the farce and Booker's “hostility to religious faith” during Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I was deeply troubled a few minutes ago to hear questioning of a nominee asking your personal views of what is ‘sinful.’ In my view, that has no business in this committee,” Cruz argued. “[I] don’t believe this is a theological court of inquisition. I think the proper avenue for investigation of this committee is a nominee’s record.”
Reminding everyone of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s similar interrogation of then-judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett and citing Article 6 of the Constitution, Cruz scolded the lawmakers for applying what amounts to a religious test of any nominee for public office.
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