The Trump administration will have to go back to the drawing board for a nomination for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
After his controversial writings from the 1990s were brought to light, Ryan Bounds’ nomination was withdrawn.
Change of Heart
During the vetting process, writings by Bounds were hotly debated by the Senate.
Still, though, Republicans felt as though they had addressed any serious concerns and were comfortable moving forward with the nomination.
In recent days, that has changed, as Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) stated he did not feel comfortable voting in favor of Bounds.
When Scott shared his concerns with Senator Rubio (R-FL), Rubio stated he was also a ‘No’ vote for Bounds.
With only a 51-49 majority, it made no sense for Republicans to move forward with Bounds.
Senator Mitch McConnell confirmed rumors, stating, “The nomination will be withdrawn.”
The material in question was related to some writings by a then-undergraduate Bounds during the 1990s.
At the time, he wrote his thoughts on a hot potato in the political scene… diversity training.
In one article, Bounds wrote, “I am mystified because these tactics seem always to contribute more to restricting consciousness, aggravating intolerance and pigeonholing cultural identities than many a Nazi book burning.”
During his confirmation hearings, Bounds stated, “I share the concerns of many that the rhetoric I used in debating campus politics back in the early ‘90s on Stanford’s campus was often overheated, overbroad.”
Liberal publications are already touting a victory over a “Trump-nominated racist.”
Mind you, these are the same people that often stood by the side of Democratic Senator Robert Byrd.
For those of you that don’t know, Byrd was a former Ku Klux Klan member.
He was also considered a mentor to Hillary Clinton.
Apparently, having worn a hood is far less damning than questioning diversity training.