Democrats Threaten to Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Democrats Threaten to Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick
Democrats Threaten to Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick

President Trump’s plan to elect Judge Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS is about to encounter resistance. A group of Democrats are threatening to attempt to block the pick over concerns about Kavanagh’s “non-mainstream” ideals. They also have concerns about whether or not the new Supreme Court judge will attempt to repeal Roe v. Wade, a controversial lawsuit that set the stage for legal abortion in 1973.

Key Facts

• Democrats, including Chuck Schumer and all 10 individuals on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, are vowing to fight the far-right judge’s appointment. At a press release earlier in the week, Schumer indicated that he would “fight this nomination” with everything he had.
• Sen. Richard Blumenthal slammed Kavanaugh, calling him “the worst nightmare” for students rocked by gun violence and student-led shootings in recent years. Sen. Kamala Harris took a different approach; she warned young women to protest his placement lest he overturn abortion rights and change their lives forever
• New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker also made it clear he plans to fight the placement, which could give Republicans and conservatives significantly more power to toughen laws calling it “the most important fight of our lifetimes.”
• Kavanaugh, who visited U.S. Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill recently, is making attempts to build bipartisan support. He is expected to garner support from multiple Republicans, as well as a few moderate Democrats, but it wasn’t immediately clear if this will enough to secure his role.
• President Trump was quick to wave away concerns about judicial attitudes and whether Kavanaugh would harm healthcare or endanger women. “He is a brilliant jurist,” he explained, “with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”
• Trump also reiterated his complete support for Kavanaugh, and the fact that Republicans will support the POTUS by supporting his pick. “There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving.”
• There’s no denying that Kavanaugh is adequately skilled; he has a lengthy history in the justice system and is significantly well-connected. His background includes an Ivy League law degree from Yale, time spent on the Federal Appeals Court in Washington, and defensive services provided during the Bill Clinton investigation. Kavanaugh also worked on behalf of George W. Bush’s campaign in 2000 and served under Bush Jr. in the White house.
• A vote for Kavanaugh would effectively bring moderate Democrats and Republicans together, aligning the courts with the President’s goals. Unfortunately, it is possible for Democrats to block the vote, forcing Trump to choose another individual. In order to succeed, they would need to convince not only all current Democrats in the voting process, but also at least a small handful of Republicans. It’s difficult to predict whether they’ll be successful.