WASHINGTON (AP) - Liberal activists are targeting President Donald Trump's nominee to a high-profile appeals court, citing what they call her extreme views on race, sexual assault and LGBT rights.
Trump nominated Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that was left vacant when Brett Kavanaugh joined the Supreme Court. She serves as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, directing Trump's efforts to roll back federal rules and regulations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider Rao's nomination at a hearing Tuesday.
Critics have seized on her college writings in which she criticized affirmative action, suggested that intoxicated women were partly responsible for date rape and said LGBT rights were part of a "trendy" political movement.