Neomi Rao, Trump’s Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Cringes Over Past Date-Rape Comments

Donald Trump’s nominee to fill Brett Kavanaugh’s seat on the US’s second-highest appeal court in Washington says she ‘cringes’ over comments she made about date rape as a university student.

While studying at Yale University, Neomi Rao wrote a column titled Shades of Gray, which told women “a good way to avoid a potential date rape is to stay reasonably sober”.

The 1994 column continued by saying: “A woman, like a man, decides on when and how much to drink.

“And if she drinks to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice.

“Implying that a drunk woman has no control of her actions, but that a man does, strips women of all moral responsibility.”

Ms Rao was the President’s pick to become a federal judge sitting on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

But before a candidate is successful in taking up the role, nominees must go before a Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning.

‘I’ve matured as a person’

Sitting in front of the committee on Tuesday, Ms Rao said the comments were written during a “time of exploration”.

“Looking back at some of those writings and rereading them, I cringe at some of the language that I used,” she said.

“I was young, it was over two decades ago now. I like to think I’ve matured as a thinker, a writer and indeed a person.”

She went on to call sexual assault a “horrible crime” and said she regretted the implication that a victim was to blame.

“I was trying to make, and perhaps in not the most elegant way, the common-sense observation that excessive drinking can lead to dangerous and risky behaviour for both men and women,” Ms Rao said.

“It’s the advice that my mother gave me, it’s the advice that I give my children.”

She said women, “can take certain steps to try to avoid being a victim”.

‘Dangerous feminist ideology’

Ms Rao was also asked to clarify her writings about the feminist movement, praising an academic who, “accurately describe[d] the dangerous feminist idealism which teaches women that they are equal”.

“Women believe falsely that they should be able to go anywhere with anyone,” she wrote in a 1993 edition of the Free Yale Press.

When Senator Joni Ernst pressed Ms Rao about the article, she said she, “believed strongly in the equality of women and men”.

“I very much regret that statement,” she said.

“I’m honestly not sure why I wrote that in college.”

Dwarf-tossing and banning the burka

Dwarf-tossing also featured in the hearing, when Senator Mazie Hirono asked about Ms Rao’s 2011 blog post defending a willing participant’s right to determine if being thrown was an afront to their dignity.

The article also referred to burka bans and prohibitions on prostitution and pornography.

“In my article I don’t take position one way or another on these issues,” Ms Rao said.

“I think your article has been interpreted as that you were OK with dwarf-tossing,” Senator Hirono said before going on to another question.

Ms Rao’s nomination is still being considered by the Senate committee.

If successful, she will take the seat vacated by Mr Kavanaugh when he was made an associate justice of the country’s Supreme Court.

His nomination was confirmed amid great controversy, after he faced historical sexual misconduct allegations.

By Dannielle Maguire


Get The Real Uncensored News
Delivered To Your Inbox

Send this to a friend