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Win the Supreme Court Fight

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement sets up a monumental shift in the balance of the Supreme Court. Kennedy was often (but not always) a moderating force on the Court, and was key to many instrumental decisions on issues that affect us all.

Trump wants to put a hard-right conservative in this seat: he’s already put out a “short list” of 25 possible picks, and every single one is an extremist.This puts settled rights like abortion, marriage equality, and health care back under threat.

The only way we can defeat Trump’s nominee is to:

Get to 51 votes. To start, we need 49 “no” votes from EVERY SINGLE SENATE DEMOCRAT to have a fighting chance. To get to 51, we need a couple Republican Senators. The two most logical targets are Senators Collins (ME) and Murkowski (AK).

Call your senator. Tell your Senator to commit immediately to opposing anyone that Trump nominates from his short list. Use these personalized scripts for each senator.

Call Script for Sen. Brown:

(202) 224-2315

Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me what Senator ___ plans to do about the Supreme Court vacancy?

Staffer: Hello, nice to talk with you! The Senator plans to vote against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The stakes are too high.

Caller: Thank you! I’m very glad to hear that. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality. I want Senator ___ to use every tool at his/her disposal to stop Trump from filling this vacancy with anyone on this list.

Staffer: Thank you, the Senator agrees with you. I’ll make sure they get your message.

Call Script for Sen. Portman:

(202) 224-3353

Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me what Senator ___ plans to do about the Supreme Court vacancy?

Staffer: The Senator will support President Trump’s nominee.

Caller: That’s terrible. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of 25 totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality. I am extremely disappointed with the Senator.

Staffer: The Senator disagrees with you. I’ll make sure the Senator gets your message.

Caller: I hope the Senator will recognize that the people on Trump’s list are way outside the mainstream and not choices that his/her constituents want. Please take down my name and phone number so you can let me know if the Senator decides to stand up for his/her constituents instead of being a rubber stamp for Trump.

 

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