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Biden judicial nominee Kenly Kiya Kato averted instantly answering a query from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz about whether or not or not racial discrimination is “wrong.”
Kato, President Biden’s nominee to be a United States District Decide in California, declined to provide a sure or no reply at a Tuesday Senate listening to.
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“Senator, our Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,” Kato stated in response to the query.
“Let me ask you again, is racial discrimination wrong?” Cruz requested once more.
Kato responded by saying that as a choose she doesn’t cope with “issues of morality,” at which level Cruz requested if she has any views of whether or not discrimination is “right or wrong.”
Kato once more declined to reply as a result of “that is an issue that is frequently litigated before the courts.”
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“OK, so why does the Constitution prohibit racial discrimination?” Cruz requested.
“Senator, I think it’s part of the Constitution and this nation’s history of aiming for equal justice and treating people regardless of any protected class status equally and fairly,” Kato stated.
“So discriminating based on race violates, I think you just said, our Constitution’s history of aiming for justice,” Cruz responded. “Is that a fair characterization?”
Kato once more declined to instantly reply and stated that racial discrimination “under the law” is prohibited.
Cruz then moved on to a distinct query relating to Harvard College Legislation Faculty, which each he and Kato attended on the identical time, and which is being sued in a case earlier than the Supreme Courtroom for racial discrimination towards Asian college students.
Kato, who’s of Asian descent, declined to remark when requested by Cruz if she was involved about discrimination towards Asians on school campuses throughout the nation.
Biden nominated Kato in December and touted her on the time as a nominee who “would be the third AAPI woman judge to ever serve in the Central District of California.”