Trump Judicial Nominee Won’t State Position on School Desegregation

HeadlineApr 12, 2018

President Trump’s nominee to become a federal district court judge in Louisiana refused to say Wednesday whether she supports the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling on school segregation. This is Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter, under questioning by Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal: “Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided?”

Wendy Vitter: “Senator, I don’t mean to be coy, but I think I get into a difficult—different—difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with.”

At Wednesday’s confirmation hearing, Vitter also insisted that, if confirmed, she could “put aside” her long-standing anti-abortion advocacy. Vitter has spoken frequently at anti-abortion rallies and has worked for years to defund Planned Parenthood; she once told the New Orleans Clarion Herald that Planned Parenthood “kills over 150,000 females a year.”

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