President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday night.
Two weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy declared his retirement, opening up a spot in the court. If Kavanaugh ends up with the position, this will impact the Court’s future decisions. Many officials, the majority being Republicans, celebrated the President Trump’s nominee. However, lawmakers, activists, and civilians protested the president’s pick as they feared the consequences this could have for the United States.
53-year-old Kavanaugh served on the D.C Circuit for twelve years. The Yale graduate worked alongside President George W. Bush and also assisted as a Kennedy clerk. Kavanaugh aided in the Starr reports as well, working for independent counsel Kenneth Starr. He took the lead on the reports, which led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
PRESIDENT TRUMP PICKS KAVANAUGH BECAUSE OF HIS “IMPECCABLE CREDENTIALS”
President Trump made the following announcement:
“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. Tonight it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.”
For the rest of the announcement, President Trump elaborated on how Kavanaugh has “impeccable credentials.” Kavanaugh received a great deal of praise for his intellect and knowledge of the law. According to President Trump, “There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving.”
Kavanaugh thanked the president for his nomination and proceeded with his speech:
“Throughout this process, I’ve witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary…Mr. President, I am grateful to you, and I am humbled by your confidence in me….My judicial philosophy is straightforward: A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”
He then thanked Justice Elena Kagan, who hired him for his D.C Circuit position. Kavanaugh also mentioned that his co-workers have all stemmed from diverse backgrounds, and that they share many different points of views. More than half of his law clerks have been women.
REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS APPLAUD THE NEW NOMINEE
Kavanaugh’s tone during the night appeared to be non-partisan. His reputation displays positive attributes, and according to Ari Fleischer, former Bush press secretary:
“Brett was one of the most thoughtful, soft-spoken, serious people you meet. He was unflappable. I never remember him raising his voice, I never remember him getting upset. He had a keen intellect, a smart approach and everybody liked him.”
More Republican officials applauded Kavanaugh’s success. Iowa’s Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley stated:
“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration.”
DEMOCRATS ACTIVISTS PROTEST AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION
While the Trump administration officials, Republicans, and Kavanaugh’s family celebrated the moment, others protested the nomination pick. Many activists gathered together on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Protestors believe that because of new nomination, cases like Roe vs. Wade— a court case revolving around abortion rights—could be in jeopardy. Democrat Bernie Sanders attended the rally and said:
“Are you ready for a fight? Are you ready to defend Roe vs. Wade? This is a tough fight, but it is a fight that we can win . . . We have the American people on our side, now we have to go state by state by state to make sure senators do what their constituents want.”
Hillary Shelton, head of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, commented:
“All Americans should be treated fairly and equally under law. Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous criminal. His disturbing views on civil rights will launch the Supreme Court to the extreme right.”
Kavanaugh has written many opinion pieces, which have gained the support of conservatives and go against liberal beliefs. Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, mentioned:
“Those papers will be closely scrutinized and some worry could slow the process and prevent seating him before the Court Term starts.” One of those papers that fired up Democrats dealt with the abortion right of an undocumented immigrant minor.
This Supreme Court nomination will stir the pot in the country. If Kavanaugh takes a seat in the Court, there will be a total of five Republican-leaning Justices. However, Kavanaugh, as stated before, allegedly wants to treat his position fairly and not incorporate his political beliefs during future cases.
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