Trump nominee Neomi Rao refuses to say Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools was correctly decided
Richard Blumenthal questions Neomi Rao (U.S. Senate/screen grab)

President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the second-highest appeals court in the nation refused to say the decision to desegregate schools was correctly decided.


At a Senate Judicial Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked Judge Neomi Rao if she would uphold Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that school segregation by race is unconstitutional.

"Brown is a really important precedent of the Supreme Court," Rao answered.

"So you believe it was correctly decided?" Blumenthal pressed.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit nominee insisted that it was "not appropriate" for her to answer the question.

"I am struck someone who has said that you were a victim of discrimination, very unjustly and unjustifiably, and yet you're unwilling to say that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided," the senator said.

"It's -- it's an incredibly important decision," Rao admitted.

"That's why I'm giving you the opportunity to say you think Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided," Blumenthal explained.

"It's an important and longstanding precedent of the Supreme Court," Rao repeated.

"And so it could be overruled too," Blumenthal lamented.

Watch the video below from the Senate Judiciary Committee.