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July 10, 2018

[PRESS RELEASE] Emgage Action Opposes Trump Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS


July 10, 2018

Emgage Action Opposes the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – Emgage Action is disappointed by the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. President Trump’s nominee is an obvious effort to shift the Court, already a 5-4 conservative majority, further towards the right. This political move puts the future of our civil liberties at risk and it is our responsibility to raise awareness of what is at stake.

Kavanaugh, an adviser to former President George W Bush, had no judicial experience when he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Democrats overwhelmingly opposed his nomination. He was selected by President Trump from a 25 pre-approved list of judges provided by the far-right Heritage Foundation. 

Based on previous statements, Kavanaugh does not support holding a sitting President accountable even if he or she violates the law. In 2009, he wrote, “we should not burden a sitting President with civil suits, criminal investigations, or criminal prosecutions.” In a more well known case, he voted against allowing an undocumented immigrant to seek an abortion, declaring that, “the government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life…and refraining from facilitating abortion.”

Over the course of his career, Judge Kavanaugh has utilized the bench to undermine worker rights, threaten access to healthcare, block efforts to curb gun violence, and advance one conservative cause after another. Supreme Court judges should reflect the values of the people, rather than the narrow interest of a particular group. 

With a White House that is intent on rolling back fundamental American freedoms and principles, and a Supreme Court that is becoming more out of touch with the majority of Americans, it is more important than ever to elect a Congress that can restore some balance to our system of governance. On November 6, we will all have an opportunity to do just that. 


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