(CONSERVATIVE REVIEW) – Yesterday afternoon, Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., blocked the confirmation of a conservative judicial nominee to the leftist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at the last minute, based on the nominee's college writings criticizing multiculturalism. This information had been available since February, but they waited until the last minute, after 30 hours of debate time had been wasted. This is a very revealing betrayal and is ominous for several reasons.
On Sept. 7, 2017, President Trump nominated Ryan Bounds to a vacant Oregon seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bounds is currently an assistant United States attorney for the District of Oregon. He also clerked for Diarmuid O'Scannlain, the rare conservative Ninth Circuit judge whom he was nominated to replace.
From day one, Democrats made hay of Bounds' writings at college (not even in law school), which poked fun at the snowflake mentality of college students and criticizing the divisive nature of identity factions on campus. Bounds, even at a young age, actually perfectly articulated a view that many conservatives hold – that an obsession with dividing people into factions is not only superfluous but harmful to our common cause as Americans. Bounds contended that the "existence of ethnic organizations is no inevitable prerequisite to maintaining a diverse community – white students, after all, seem to be doing all right without an Aryan Student Union."
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