Sen. Cramer: Need 'More Context' To Say If Trump Should Withdraw Nominee Who Compared Catholic Faith to KKK Racism

By Mark Jennings | June 5, 2019 | 1:59pm EDT
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/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. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said he would “want a lot more context” to decide.

At the U.S. Capitol on June 4, 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.)

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