Trump Nominee Non-Committal on School Integration

Alternative title: Why We Resist and Oppose.

Consider the remarks of Wendy Vitter, Trump’s judicial nominee for the Eastern District of Louisiana:

[Vitter] refused to say whether she supported the Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling that struck down school segregation. And yes, this is 2018. Appearing at her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Wendy Vitter was plainly asked by Sen. Richard Blumenthal: “Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided?” Her initial response raised an immediate red flag: “I don’t mean to be coy,” she began, before continuing: “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. It is binding. If I were honored to be confirmed I would be bound by it and of course I would uphold it.” Asked again by a befuddled Blumenthal whether she supported the ruling, Vitter replied: “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.”

For nominee Vitter, the unanimous 1954 decision is Brown v Board of Education (“We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment”) is a matter of evasion.

Her lack of a direct answer makes her unfit to serve, makes those who nominated her unfit to govern, and makes those who would defend her rightly designated as deplorable.