In a surprise move on Tuesday, President Donald Trump revealed his pick to fill Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s seat on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Of course, the political left is already losing its collective mind over the nomination, as Trump’s pick represents their absolute worst nightmare.
Speaking at the White House’s Diwali celebration on Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), to fill Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s seat on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
The president said he was slated to make the announcement on Wednesday, but was so delighted by the event that he spontaneously decided to reveal Rao’s pending nomination then and there. Diwali is a Hindu religious festival and Rao is Indian-American.
“I just nominated Neomi to be on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, the seat of Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump said. “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?'”
“Thank you very much, Mr. President, for the confidence you’ve shown in me,” Neomi Rao replied. “I greatly appreciate it.”
The D.C. Circuit seat in question was vacated following Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rao, the daughter of Indian immigrants, has served as the Trump administration’s deregulatory czar since 2017, and is widely considered a leading authority on agency law. Before re-entering the White House, she founded and led the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, increasingly a bastion of conservative jurisprudence.
The Center seeks to advance and curate debates over the scope of federal regulatory authority, increasingly a priority for conservative legal scholars and activists who fear agency power has grown such that the regulatory bureaucracy is now its own unaccountable branch of government. [Source: The Daily Caller]
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals is widely considered to be the second most influential legislative body in the country, only below the Supreme Court. It has also served as a feeder court for future Supreme Court Justices, as we saw with Brett Kavanaugh.
Neomi Rao could very well be the next Supreme Court Justice in the making, which has sent the political left into a tailspin, considering her long history of advocating for conservative policy. Of course, Rao’s nomination flies in the face of the leftist narrative that President Trump is a “racist” and a “xenophobe.”
Not only is she is an immigrant, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example of a successful minority, being that Rao is Indian and female. Don’t expect the Democrats to get behind this accomplished woman of color anytime soon, though.
Rao represents the glaring dichotomy typically seen between immigrants who come to the United States legally and those who come here illegally. Specifically, those who come to the United States legally are exponentially more likely to become successful and contributing members of society, while those who cross the border illegally are the ones we see committing heinous crimes and leeching off hard-working taxpayers.
It’s no secret why this is the case, either. Immigrants permitted to come to the United States legally have passed extensive background checks and have proven that they can support themselves. Is it any wonder that they go on to be productive citizens?
Neomi Rao is the perfect example of the kind of immigrant the United States ought to welcome, and her story demonstrates that, when our immigration system is applied correctly, we can all benefit.