An advisor to Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, failed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, said that women aren't discriminated against anymore.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Bork, who co-chairs Romney's Judicial Advisory Committee, said he still holds controversial judicial opinions that helped tank his U.S. Supreme Court confirmation before the U.S. Senate in 1987.
When asked if he still believed that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment should not apply to women, the conservative judge answered, Yeah.
Women are a majority of the population now--a majority in university classrooms and a majority in all kinds of contexts, Bork told The Daily Beast. It seems to me silly to say, 'Gee, they're discriminated against and we need to do something about it.' They aren't discriminated against anymore.
Critiques Equal Protection Clause's Application
Bork, a former acting U.S. Attorney General in the Nixon administration and later an appellate judge, said his opinion was supported by the fact that the Equal Protection Clause has kept expanding in ways that cannot be justified historically, grammatically, or any other way.
Bork also touches on his other conservative legal views and his thoughts on President Barack Obama, his Supreme Court picks, and his critics, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Vice President Joe Biden, D-Del., who as U.S. senator led Bork's failed confirmation hearings.
The interview appeared in the latest issue of Newsweek, with an extended version posted Monday on The Daily Beast, which can be read here.