Judge Kavanaugh, it’s hard to believe you spent any time researching the history of Native Hawaiians,” Hirono said.
She said she was particularly concerned about his views in Rice v. Cayetano because the case is often used to challenge the validity of programs designed to help Native Hawaiians.
She even cited a 2002 email Kavanaugh wrote after the Rice decision in which he said as much.
“I think you have a problem here,” Hirono said. “Your view is that Native Hawaiians don’t deserve protections as indigenous people.”
via Civil Beat Hirono To Kavanaugh: ‘I Think You Have A Problem Here’