Spartacus is at it again – this time, with a very weird line of questioning aimed at yet another Trump appointee.
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, an up-and-coming progressive leader and a 2020 presidential contender, took aim at D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao during a Senate hearing Tuesday, demanding to know whether she’d ever hired an LGBTQ law clerk and grilling her on her personal and religious beliefs on the morality of homosexuality.
And suffice it to say, the moment didn't go so well...for Booker.
Rao, who currently heads up the administration’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is on deck to replace SCOTUS Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the nation's second-highest appeals court. Also, she's never been a judge -- meaning she's never had law clerks.
And her response to Booker's targeted line of questioning was about as cut-to-the-chase as they come. Check it out:
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) embarrasses himself while questioning D.C. Circuit— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 5, 2019
Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Neomi Rao during her confirmation hearing
Booker: "Have you ever had any LGBTQ law clerks?"
Rao: "Senator, I've yet to be a judge. I don't have law clerks." pic.twitter.com/x48SZ3W6ig
.@CoryBooker: Are gay relationships in your view immoral?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 5, 2019
RAO: ... Senator, I'm not sure the relevance of that...
BOOKER: Do you believe they are a sin?
RAO: Senator, my personal views on any of these subjects are things I would put on one side. pic.twitter.com/4geaoaAww3