Just moments after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), Senate Democrats promised to wage a scathing confirmation battle, while a far-left group warned the pick would usher in the “deaths of countless women.”
Dems scared, up-in-arms
The president’s choice Monday night for the newest member on the SCOTUS bench raised major opposition from liberals, who fear the 53-year-old pro-life conservative nominee will initiate an enduring rightward shift in the nation’s highest court, while the ultra-left Democracy for America political action committee (PAC) took to name-calling, already charging the nominee with threatening the lives of women across the nation.
“[Kavanaugh is a] reactionary ideologue [whose confirmation would] directly lead to the deaths of countless women with the dismantling of abortion rights," Democracy for America stated, according to Fox News.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was also quick to chime in his dissent to Trump’s right-leaning Catholic SCOTUS nominee.
“In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block,” Schumer voiced in a statement immediately after the president made his announcement, according to Newsmax. “His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.”
He is already calling fellow Democrats to kill the nomination.
"If we can successfully block this nomination, it could lead to a more independent, moderate selection that both parties could support," Schumer insisted, as quoted in a Fox News report.
The pro-abortion Women’s March actually jumped the gun Monday night in criticizing Trump’s pro-life pick, accidently sending out its pre-written statement reading, “In response to Donald Trump’s nomination of XX to the Supreme Court …” – showing that the group was planning on condemning whoever the president announced.
The rest of the final draft of the far-left feminist group’s press release had all the trappings of an alarmist announcement to incite feminists and abortion activists around to country to brandish their anti-Trump banners even more vigorously.
"Trump’s announcement today is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States," the Women’s March’s statement claimed. "Stripping a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own body is state violence. We cannot let this stand. We will raise our voices and take to the streets."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made her no-brainer objection to Kavanaugh known via social media.
“Brett Kavanaugh's record as a judge and lawyer is clear: hostile to health care for millions, opposed to the CFPB & corporate accountability, thinks Presidents like Trump are above the law – and conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade,” Warren tweeted Monday night. “I'll be voting no.”
Trumpeting a pick to honor the Constitution
When Trump addressed the nation during primetime Monday night, he emphasized the gravity of his SCOTUS nomination, which he said would work to protect and forward the fundamental principles championed by America’s Founders.
"Other than matters of war and peace, this is the most important decision a president can make," the president declared, according to Townhall. "The rule of law is our proud, American heritage. In keeping with President Reagan's legacy, I do not ask about a nominee's personal opinions. What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require.”
While announcing Kavanaugh as his nominee, Trump commended the recipient of his previous SCOTUS nomination last year, Neil Gorsuch, who filled Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat after his death. He wants Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy by October 1.
“This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support,” Trump impressed, according to Newsmax.
Kavanaugh – a Yale Law School graduate who served Justice Kennedy as a clerk in 1993 – clerked with Gorsuch and currently sits on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where he says he endeavors to uphold the tenets of the U.S. Constitution.
"The framers established that the Constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty,” Kavanaugh proclaimed after accepting Trump’s nomination. “Justice Kennedy dedicated his career to secure liberty. I am deeply honored to fill his seat on the Supreme Court. I revere the Constitution."
Kavanaugh – who was at the White House on 9-11 and served in the Bush administration from 2001–2006 – coaches his two daughters’ basketball teams and serves meals to the homeless with his church.
"I thank God every day for my family," Kavanaugh stressed after crediting his mother for inspiring him to go to law school.
Both sides of the aisle …
Many Republicans celebrate the fact that Kavanaugh is a very conservative pro-life pick, but some have voiced concerns that he is part of the “establishment.”
Having clerked for both Kennedy and Kavanaugh, Justin Walker discounted the “establishment” claim as unfair – a point that was tweeted by the conservative news media.
“Justin Walker on the notion that potential Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the 'establishment elite candidate': ‘Not true. It's fake news,’" FOX Business posted on Twitter Sunday.
Walker insisted that his personal experience with Kavanaugh shows that he is not in with the D.C. elite, which he believes should attract a fair share of conservative fans.
"He'd much rather have a beer and watch a hockey game than go to any kind of fancy D.C. insider thing," Walker explained, according to another Townhall report.
Leonard Leo – one or Trump’s outside advisers on SCOTUS confirmations – maintains that Kavanaugh’s track record speaks for itself.
"Brett Kavanaugh is among the most distinguished and respected judges in the country, with nearly 300 opinions that clearly demonstrate fairness and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution as it’s written, and enforcing the limits on government power contained in the Constitution,” Leo explained in a statement, according to Townhall.
The conservative media also noted Kavanaugh’s credentials as a true conservative judge – especially when it comes to defending religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.
“Judge Kavanaugh has been a steadfast and fearless supporter of religious liberty for decades,” Townhall’s Cortney O’Brien pointed out. “When he was in private practice in the 1990s, he chaired the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberty practice group and worked pro bono on cases defending religious freedom. He wrote pro bono amicus briefs defending religious believers in high-profile Supreme Court cases. He represented a synagogue pro bono in a local zoning dispute. He advocated for the selection of judges who protect religious liberty. And as a judge himself, his record of defending religious liberty is unparalleled. His dissenting opinion in Priests for Life v. HHS, where he concluded that the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate violated the rights of religious organizations, was called ‘pure perfection’ by one of the lawyers challenging the mandate.”
Looking ahead …
After Trump’s nomination, many are now focusing on the confirmation battle to come.
“All eyes Monday night were on moderate Republicans including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, as well as several red-state Democrats, including West Virginia's Joe Manchin, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly,” Fox News’ Gregg Re reported. “Their votes could prove decisive in the upcoming nomination decision, because Republicans hold a slim 51–49 majority in the Senate. One prominent Republican, John McCain, is expected to be unable to vote because of his ongoing battle with brain cancer. Vice President Mike Pence could break a 50–50 tie in the Senate. That means Republicans can't afford to lose any Republican votes unless they also pick off at least one Democratic senator.”
One major concern for Republicans is Collins, who vowed to not vote for any SCOTUS nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade, but she insisted that she would carefully scrutinize Kavanaugh’s credentials.
"Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience, having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals," Collins asserted, according to Fox News. "I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court."
As a key Democrat holding onto a vulnerable seat in predominantly red Indiana, Donnelly, also indicated that he would carefully assess Kavanaugh’s credentials before making his decision.
"I will take the same approach as I have previously for a Supreme Court vacancy," Donnelly maintained, according to Fox. "Following the president’s announcement, I will carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh."
Replacing the liberal Kennedy, who produced the swing vote that moved SCOTUS to legalize same-sex “marriage” nationwide just years ago in a landmark decision, many conservatives are pleased that Kavanaugh will turn the tide from blue to red for future landmark rulings from the nation’s capital.
“Kennedy cast the pivotal vote to uphold Roe in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision,” Newsmax recounted. “The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.”
It was noted that Kavanaugh’s appointment could sway SCOTUS to the right to a degree not seen since before World War II – which could endure for decades to come.
“Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh could create the most conservative court since the justices blocked a number of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs in the 1930s,” Newsmax added. “It could also create a lasting majority. Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court’s remaining Republican appointees.”