Wednesday morning, America was treated to yet another confirmation hearing for yet another supremely unqualified judicial nominee from Donald Trump, who has been working hand in hand with his allies in the Senate in an effort to pack the courts as quickly as possible with extreme right-wing ideologues.
This time around, the nominee is Wendy Vitter. If that name sounds familiar to you, especially in conjunction with the state of Louisiana, it’s because her husband is former Senator David Vitter, one of the many Republicans swept up in the “D.C. Madam” scandal, his phone number published by Hustler as he was cornered on his frequenting of prostitutes. That personal cell number showed up on the call logs of the Madam during session which means that Vitter ordered sex workers from the actual floor of the Senate while he was at work.
Wendy, however, has her own hang-ups.
After an intense session of grilling over her life-long involvement with anti-abortion groups, including a pseudo-medical panel that discussed and promoted false information about birth control in a pamphlet called “How The Pill Kills,” Vitter was ushered on to other topics.
Senator Richard Blumenthal warmed up with a question for her about a prior statement she had made about women’s health organization Planned Parenthood:
“Do you stand by the statement that Planned Parenthood kills 150,000 women a year?”
Vitter dodged the question, but when pressed, offered that she had been clear about her “pro-life” stance.
Then the Connecticut Senator unleashed the question of the day — one that should have been the easiest question any judicial nominee ever answers for the rest of time, but which he must have had an inkling she would fudge on, since he asked such a no-brainer:
“Do you believe that Brown vs. Board of Education was correctly decided?”
The landmark Supreme Court decision, of course, was the beginning of the end of segregated schools, ruling that the concept of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional in the context of schools and overruling the Plessy vs. Ferguson ruling that had established it in a — you guessed it — Louisiana courtroom.
The next time you’re in an argument with someone who says we’re in a “post-racial” society or that racism no longer exists, go ahead and show them this video of Wendy Vitter, a totally normal Republican woman in 2018, refusing to answer the easiest question ever asked in a confirmation hearing:
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