Wendy Vitter, President Trump’s nominee for the Eastern District of Louisiana court, faced her first round of Senate confirmation hearings Wednesday, and she declined to say whether or not she believed the Supreme Court’s decision that found “separate but equal” unconstitutional was the correct ruling.
“Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided?” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked her.
“I don’t mean to be coy,” she opened, before spiraling into a waffling, noncommittal answer. “I think I get into a difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions—which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with. Again, my personal, political, or religious views I would set aside.”
“That is Supreme Court precedent,” she continued. “It is binding. If I were honored to be confirmed, I would be bound by it and of course I would uphold it.”
Not satisfied, the clearly aghast Sen. Blumenthal asked the question again. Vitter doubled down on her evasiveness.
“Again, I would respectfully not comment on what could be my bosses ruling—the Supreme Court—I would be bound by it, and if I start commenting on ‘I agree with this case’ or ‘don’t agree with this case’ I think we get into a slippery slope.”
WATCH: During her confirmation hearing this morning (yes, this morning – in 2018), judicial nominee Wendy Vitter refused to say whether she agreed with the result in Brown v. Board of Education. #UnfitToJudge pic.twitter.com/RWroh0XUIC
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) April 11, 2018