During a confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for Neomi Rao, President Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Democrats for questioning the nominee's personal religious views. Earlier, Sen. Cory Booker had asked Rao if she believes gay marriage is a sin.
SEN. TED CRUZ: The Senate Judiciary Committee should not be a theater for mischaracterizing or twisting nominees' records or views, nor should it be an avenue for persecution.
We've seen a growing pattern among Senate Democrats of hostility to religious faith. I have to say, I was deeply troubled a few minutes ago to hear questioning of a nominee, asking your personal views on what is sinful.
In my view that has no business in this committee. Article Six of the Consitution says there should be no religious test for any public office. We have also seen Senate Democrats attack what they have characterized as religious dogma, we've seen Senate Democrats attack nominees for their own personal views on salvation.
I don't believe this is a theological court of inquisition. I think the proper avenue of investigation is a nominee's record. So let's look at your record, which is what this committee should be looking at, not our own personal religious views, or your religious views, whatever they may be.