Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick?

Katie Ramirez
July 12, 2018

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

And then there's the math problem: Let's say Kavanaugh is utterly corrupt, that he plans to serve as Trump's toady on the Supreme Court. In one sense, an extensive portfolio of written opinions can provide insight into a judge's writing style and their thinking on many issues that are likely to come before the Court. Their certainty - and outrage - that one man will have the power to dispense rights they view to be nonexistent, and dispense with others they consider inalienable, only shores up a fact that the left will nearly never admit: the federal government has far too much power.

"Because of Donald Trump's openly Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist views and policies targeting minority and immigrant communities, it is incumbent upon the Senate to question Mr Kavanaugh about his opinions on the protection of civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants", he said. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".

During his introduction Monday night, Kavanaugh emphasized his belief that judges "must be independent" and "interpret the law, not make the law".

Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

Further, those Democrats backing him could garner some Republican votes in their states in the upcoming election, he argued. He later joined the administration of President George W. Bush.

The two groups are also planning a bus tour in mid-September to support Kavanaugh in all of the states, with the exception of Montana.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will hold Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and eventually vote on whether his nominee should be referred to the full Senate, said he expects the consideration process to be "thorough". Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has promised to protect abortion rights.

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the U.S. express their views to senators in their states and urge them to oppose this nomination". Since this case, the Supreme Court has not taken a case related to gun control, despite having opportunities to do so.

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination. His opponents will contest this conclusion, but largely because they are focused less on what the law requires than on winners and losers, and they fear that the undoubtedly conservative Kavanaugh will rule against them in many contexts.

He added: "It was a law review article".

Various media organizations have speculated U.S. Sen. The Republicans pick up seats, increase their majority?

Nevertheless, Democrats warn that nothing is certain, and they point to remarks President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE made on the campaign trail in 2015 about how he would want his judicial appointees to overturn ObamaCare. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion.

"That would certainly be on the table", said Frances Lee, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland who studies Congress. He says that without Kennedy, the Supreme Court has strong left and strong right positions, but no one in the middle.

The only way the Kavanaugh conspiracy makes sense is if you assume that Trump somehow ensnared at least four other members of the court into his nefarious web. Cory Booker (N.J.) were "reeling" over Trump's pick.

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