Published in Salon
Neomi Rao, the conservative lawyer nominated by President Trump’s to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, refused to say whether Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision that desegregated public schools — was correct during her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
“Brown is a really important precedent of the Supreme Court,” Rao told Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in response to his questions about.
“So you believe it was correctly decided?” Blumenthal asked.
Rao replied that it was “not appropriate” for her to respond.
Blumenthal said that he was “struck” that “someone who has said that you were a victim of discrimination, very unjustly and unjustifiably,” was “unwilling to say that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided.”