When Justice Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump nominated attorney and Officer of Information and Regulatory Affairs administrator Neomi Rao to take Kavanaugh’s seat.
And now Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who famously tried to destroy Kavanaugh during his “Spartacus” moment, is trying to kill her chances, too.
Rao, the daughter of immigrant parents from India, was questioned by Booker on Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to the Washington Examiner. The New Jersey senator hounded the Republican attorney on whether or not she believes homosexuality is a sin.
After Rao declared that she would follow Constitutional law and precedence in her decision-making as a federal judge, Booker demanded, “Are gay relationships in your opinion immoral?”
After Rao refused to answer, Booker badgered her again, suggesting that saying gay relationships are immoral is like saying African-American relationships are immoral.
“No,” she finally replied. “I do not [believe that].”
“Do you believe they’re a sin?” Booker pressed on.
"Senator, my personal views on any of these subjects are things I would put to one side," she replied.
"So you’re not saying here whether you believe it is sinful for two men to be married. You’re not willing to comment on that?" the senator asked.
After Rao refused, Booker later asked her, “Have you ever had an LGBTQ law clerk?”
“I have not been a judge, so I don’t have any law clerks,” Rao pointed out.
After a flustered Booker stumbled around, the nominee added, “To be honest, I don’t know the sexual orientation of my staff. I take people as they come, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation. I treat people as individuals.”
Then it was Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-Tx.) turn, and he lit into Booker like a flamethrower on a crate of fireworks.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee should not be a theater for mischaracterizing or twisting nominees' records or views, nor should it be an avenue for persecution,” the former Republican presidential candidate began. “We've seen a growing pattern among Senate Democrats of hostility to religious faith. I have to say, I was deeply troubled a few minutes ago to hear questioning of a nominee, asking your personal views on what is sinful.”
“In my view that has no business in this committee. Article Six of the Constitution says there should be no religious test for any public office,” he pointed out. “We have also seen Senate Democrats attack what they have characterized as religious dogma, we've seen Senate Democrats attack nominees for their own personal views on salvation.”
“I don't believe this is a theological court of inquisition. I think the proper avenue of investigation is a nominee's record,” he continued. “So Ms. Rao, let me talk about your record...which is what this committee should be looking at, not our own personal religious views, or your religious views, whatever they may be.”
He went on to address some of the criticisms that Democrats have had over her college writings about date rape. He defended her views back then as simple common sense. Watch that part of the hearing below: