Neomi Rao is the kind of person that Democrats and the liberal media want American voters to think President Donald Trump doesn’t like.
She’s a woman. She’s a racial minority. But now, she’s also Trump’s nominee to fill the seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit left open by now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump upended liberal arguments on Tuesday by announcing Rao, who is now the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is his next high-profile choice for the federal judiciary.
Trump made the announcement at a White House event marking the Hindu celebration of Diwali, or “festival of lights.”
Rao, the daughter of Indian immigrants, was present to celebrate.
“I just nominated Neomi to be on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the seat of Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump announced.
NEW: Pres. Trump is nominating administration official Neomi Rao to fill the appeals court seat previously held by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. https://t.co/nKi31p2P7S pic.twitter.com/DdLlYxfgok
— ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2018
“We were going to announce that tomorrow, then I said, ‘You know, here we are, Neomi, we’re never going to do better than this, right?’ I thought it was an appropriate place,” Trump said.
Rao has been an ally of Trump in fighting unnecessary regulations as the Trump administration’s regulation czar since 2017.
Last month, Rao praised the Trump administration’s deregulation efforts and historically low unemployment rates in a commentary piece for The Washington Post.
“Eliminating unnecessary and duplicative red tape has helped the Trump administration achieve the lowest unemployment rates in nearly 50 years and dramatic economic growth for our country,” she wrote.
As expected, Trump’s pick is already under attack by liberals.
“Just when you think it can’t get any worse,” Playboy writer and self-described feminist Amee Vanderpool wrote on Twitter. “Trump announced he will nominate Neomi Rao, the lawyer spearheading his administration’s deregulation push, for Brett Kavanaugh’s former seat on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.”
Just when you think it can’t get any worse: Trump announced he will nominate Neomi Rao, the lawyer spearheading his administration’s deregulation push, for Brett Kavanaugh’s former seat on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. https://t.co/uws8l6MAZc
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 13, 2018
It’s strange that liberals will characterize Trump as a “racist” for disagreeing with a black reporter, but they are trying to stop Trump from nominating an Indian-American woman to the D.C. Circuit.
If we were going by the left’s own logic, that would mean everyone opposing Rao’s nomination is racist.
Of course, the left is used to ignoring its own standards and attacking conservative minorities.
Liberals never shy away from using racially charged rhetoric when it suits their interests, and they’ll probably try to use the same tactics against Rao because there is little to actually criticize about Trump’s pick, at least from the point of view of her resume.
According to The Daily Caller, she was a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee and worked in the George W. Bush White House. She is now tenured professor of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. She was a founder and first director of the school’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State.
Liberals are going to object to the strong conservative leanings that background shows, but what they won’t admit is that Trump’s willingness to look at her qualifications means that skin color means nothing in an administration Democrats and the mainstream media have been smearing as “bigoted” since before Trump even took the oath of office.
Rao is clearly a choice with plenty of experience in administrative law. Conservatives have another reason to be glad Trump — and not Hillary Clinton — is filling the federal judiciary.