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To Be Tossed, or Not to Be Tossed: Is That the Question?
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To Be Tossed, or Not to Be Tossed: Is That the Question?

Rebecca Cokley discusses Trump appointee Neomi Rao's baseless defense of "dwarf tossing"—and how her comments should disqualify Rao from serving on the D.C. Circuit Court.

Over the last few years, when it comes to disability and the Trump administration, the knee-jerk of nondisabled people is to point to the president’s deplorable treatment of reporter Serge Kovaleski. In our work at the Disability Justice Initiative, we have pushed the nondisabled community to be equally outraged at the horrible policies and appointments being made.

This recently came to a head on November 14, when President Trump nominated Neomi Rao to replace now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court. Rao currently runs the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. As Mother Jones reported, her past work “hits on all the conservative bugaboos,” making Rao an ideal pick for a president who prioritizes deregulation and unlimited executive power.

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Rebecca Cokley

Director, Disability Justice Initiative