Other writings that were submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee after Rao’s initial nomination included a 1996 Weekly Standard article in which she dismissed race as a “hot money-making issue” for activist and author Cornel West and called the LGBTQ rights movement a “trendy” political moment.

Also in the 1996 in the Weekly Standard, Rao called affirmative action “the anointed dragon of liberal excess.”

A year earlier, she had taken aim at affirmative action as well as “women’s rights, special rights for the handicapped, and welfare for the indigent and lazy,” as evidence that “elitism is a forgotten and embarrassing concept” in an article for the Yale Free Press.

A spokesperson for Rao told Buzzfeed that the views she had expressed were “intentionally provocative”—but critics argue that her crudely-worded hostility toward those with disabilities, women, and people who rely on government assistance has since been mirrored by the president who nominated her for the judgeship.

“Neomi Rao’s columns are consistent with this administration’s support of candidates who make racially insensitive statements and comments hostile to sexual assault survivors. She shouldn’t be awarded a seat on the second highest court in the country,” said Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, on Twitter.

Aron also told Buzzfeed that “Rao had decades to disavow what she wrote in college and had not.”

“The statements made by Neomi Rao are alarming evidence of her unfitness for the bench,” said Marge Baker of People for the American Way. “No one who reads these writings can possibly believe that people of color, survivors of sexual assault, and LGBT people can expect an equal hearing in her courtroom. She didn’t just carve out a conservative political position in these writings, she affirmatively attacked the equal dignity of the kinds of people who most need the protections of law that our constitution guarantees.”

“The Senate needs to make clear that its constitutional responsibility to ensure equal justice outweighs politics and partisanship,” Baker added.

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