Sen. Cotton: Biden nominee Vanita Gupta unfit for DOJ role

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) fired back at Joe Biden’s Justice Department nominee Vanita Gupta, after she appeared to claim “equal justice for all” is racist.

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, the Arkansas Republican grilled Gupta for her 2005 report titled Critical Race Lawyering in Tulia, Texas. The Fordham Law Review article begun with her suggesting the “rule of law” is simply an “insidious motto” for white supremacy.

“Code words, that’s what she called them, for some kind of twisted racism,” Cotton stated. “Anyone who thinks that the rule of law for equal justice for all, or equal protection are simply code words for racism, is unfit for any position in our government. But especially a position of leadership in the Department of Justice.”

Gupta’s article claimed approaching the legal system with a race-based lens is necessary to “reform and transform” racist American institutions.

Vanita Gupta, nominee for Associate Attorney General, speaks after being nominated by US President-elect Joe Biden at The Queen theater January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Vanita Gupta spoke after being nominated by  Joe Biden at The Queen theater January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)


Cotton argued the Democrat built her career off attacking the character of at least 50 sitting U.S. federal judges, many of whom are conservative. He recalled how last October, Gupta said President Trump’s Supreme Court justice pick Amy Coney Barrett was “a vote against civil and human rights.”

“She accused four different jurists currently on the Supreme Court, of being liars, extremists, dangerous, or opposed to civil and human rights,” Cotton stated. “She must have had a keyboard Mac Pro, hit a shortcut button and it said ‘opposed to civil and human rights.’”

Cotton said this begs the question of whether Gupta is capable and willing to work on issues that are important to the average American.

“Think about that. The person nominated by Joe Biden to oversee, among other, things the federal government civil rights enforcement, says that she believes every single American is racist,” Cotton said. “This preposterous idea that anyone and everyone is inherently racist is at the core of a pernicious ideology pushed by the left called critical race theory.”

Cotton finished his remarks by saying it is Vanita Gupta does not think highly of Americans and therefore should not represent this country.

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