Earlier this week, Trump announced his nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh. (Click here to read Indivisible’s latest resource on why Kavanaugh should be stopped.)
Kavanaugh is one of the most cravenly partisan choices Trump could have made. He’s been called the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” as he seems to always show up in high-stakes, far-right political battles and conspiracy theories. In fact, his “excessive partisanship” delayed his confirmation to the DC Circuit in 2003 by not one, not two, but three years, and only then passed by a 57 to 43 vote. His long, partisan history even had Mitch McConnell scrambling to encourage Trump to make another pick just three days ago. We. can. win. this.
We need you to keep calling putting pressure on our Senators. We need every single Democrat to oppose his confirmation – and a few Republicans as well.
Kavanaugh’s track record makes it clear why we need to stop him:
- Reproductive Rights: Ruled to block a 17-year-old girl in immigration detention from getting an abortion, claiming that a delay in granting her one was not an undue burden. Also ruled in 2015 that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage mandate infringed on religious liberty.
- Healthcare/ACA: Argued in a 2011 dissent that the president should be able to refuse to enforce the ACA even if the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality.* Russia Investigation: Wrote in 2009 that presidents should be exempt from civil lawsuits and criminal investigations or prosecutions while in office. If Mueller’s investigation ends up in front of the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will surely vote to protect Trump.
- Gun Laws: Dissented on a 2011 ruling to uphold a ban on assault weapons and require all fire arms be registered.
- Voting Rights: Wrote an opinion upholding a 2011 South Carolina voter-ID law that would disenfranchise thousands of voters.
- Environment: Ruled on various occasions that environmental regulations on pollution, animals, and climate issues are legal overreach.
- Consumer Rights: Dissented from a ruling that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency put in place after the 2008 recession.
- Workers’ Rights: Wrote an opinion in 2016 allowing employers to block workers’ right to picket in arbitration agreements.
- Education: Praised previous SCOTUS judges for trying to remove the separation of church and state as it pertained to schools and wrote that public schools should be allowed to deliver prayers over the loud speaker at football games.
- Net Neutrality: Called it an unlawful violation of the First Amendment.
Call Senators Brown and Portman today and ask them to oppose Kavanaugh. You can find personalized call scripts for each Senator on our website.
Senator Brown (202) 224-2315
Sen. Portman (202) 224-3353