(CNSNews.com) – When asked whether President Trump should withdraw a federal judgeship nominee who compared a Catholic refusing to host a same-sex wedding to a KKK member invoking Christianity to racially discriminate, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said he would “want a lot more context” to decide.
At the U.S. Capitol on June 4, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Cramer, “judicial nominee Michael Bogren equated a Catholic family declining to host same-sex weddings on their farm to a KKK member engaging in racial discrimination. Do you believe President Trump should withdraw his nomination?”
The senator said, “I don’t know the veracity of the situation and I don’t have any context to wrap it around. I would not advise President Trump to withdraw a nomination for any state or district I’m not a member of.”
“If it was North Dakota, it’s something I’d take more personal interest in,” he said, “but for just a district judge, I’d want a lot more context.”
Michael S. Bogren, a Michigan attorney, was nominated by President Trump to be a judge for the District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 22, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Bogren’s argument in a case in East Lansing that a “Catholic family’s pointing to the teachings of their church is equivalent to a KKK member invoking Christianity.”
After some back and forth, Bogren finally said yes, “I stand by those comparisons.” (See video.)