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In a call with reporters Friday, a progressive activist likened Rao to Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative firebrand who has opposed affirmative action and made films attacking former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
D’Souza pleaded guilty to a federal campaign finance violation in 2014, but Trump granted him a pardon last year.
As for Rao, opponents rejected the idea that her statements while at Yale should be relegated to the past.
“The bottom line is Rao’s views have not matured,” said Daniel Goldberg, legal director at the Alliance for Justice.
“She has not evolved. She is the same person who wrote harsh, narrow-minded things in her 20s, and now as she’s being nominated to the nation’s second most powerful court, those views are even more dangerous and will have even more of an impact on so many people around our country.”