Sen. Casey on Trump Nominee Who Compared Catholic Faith to KKK Racism: He Won't 'Garner Much Support'

By Cody Leach | June 5, 2019 | 5:30pm EDT
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( -- 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. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) said he had not taken a close look at the nominee but thinks he will not "garner much support" in the Senate.

At the U.S. Capitol on June 4, asked Sen. Casey, “Judicial nominee Michael Bogren has equated a Catholic family declining to host same-sex weddings on their farm to a KKK member engaging in racial discrimination. Do you think President Trump should withdraw his nomination?”

Senator Casey responded, “Who is this nominee?” He then looked over the question from  and said, “That is an offensive statement. I mean it's [the] first I've seen of his name, I don't know. I haven't taken a closer look.” then asked, “So based on this information do you think President Trump should withdraw his nomination?”

Senator Casey replied, “Well, he's not going to garner much support.”

Michael S. Bogren, an attorney, was nominated by President Trump to be a judge for the District Court for the Western District of Michigan, a lifetime appointment.

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.)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has called for Bogren's nomination to be withdrawn, and Sen. Hawley (R-Mo.) has said, "I won't support for a lifetime appointment to the bench someone who compares faithful Catholics to the KKK & ridicules them as haters."

More than 70 conservative leaders have signed an open letter calling for Bogren’s nomination to be withdrawn.

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