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Kavanaugh Announcement: Battle Lines Drawn

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"Perfect Addition" (July 9, 2018)
(Music) Male Announcer: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the best of the best.  His life has been defined by hard work and excellence.  A star student at Yale Law, he went on to clerk on the Supreme Court.  After working in the White House, Brett Kavanaugh became a judge, confirmed with bipartisan support.  Strong and independent, he applies the Constitution just as it was written.  Like Neil Gorsuch, he'll be another great justice.  Confirm Kavanaugh.
"Stop Brett Kavanaugh" (July 9, 2018)
(Music) Female Announcer: Donald Trump just nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  Here's what we already know about him.  Trump said he'd only pick judges who'd reverse Roe v. Wade and outlaw abortion.  And Trump made it clear his nominee would vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act, letting insurance companies charge more or refuse coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.  Call your Senators and tell them to oppose Trump's extreme nominee.  Stop Brett Kavanaugh.


Office of the Press Secretary
July 9, 2018


President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States


Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s assumption of senior status. 


The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by an historic degree of transparency, including the President’s public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential nominees to the Supreme Court.


Judge Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court. Before becoming a judge, he served in the George W. Bush administration, first as an Associate Counsel and then Senior Associate Counsel, and subsequently as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and for judges on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Judge Kavanaugh also served as a Counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr and as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.


Judge Kavanaugh has earned a reputation as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and he is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus. Judge Kavanaugh lives in Maryland with his wife Ashley and their two daughters.



East Room

9:03 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, tonight I speak to you from the East Room of the White House regarding one of the most profound responsibilities of the President of the United States, and that is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice. 
I’ve often heard that, other than matters of war and peace, this is the most important decision a President will make.  The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our Republic, the Constitution of the United States.
Twelve days ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy informed me of his decision to take senior status on the Supreme Court, opening a new vacancy.  For more than four decades, Justice Kennedy served our nation with incredible passion and devotion.  I’d like to thank Justice Kennedy for a lifetime of distinguished service.  (Applause.) 
In a few moments, I will announce my selection for Justice Kennedy’s replacement.  This is the second time I have been faced with this task.  Last year, I nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia.  (Applause.)  I chose Justice Gorsuch because I knew that he, just like Justice Scalia, would be a faithful servant of our Constitution.
We are honored to be joined tonight by Justice Scalia’s beloved wife, Maureen.  Maureen.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Maureen.
Both Justice Kennedy and Justice Scalia were appointed by a President who understood that the best defense of our liberty and a judicial branch immune from political prejudice where judges that apply the Constitution as written.  That President happened to be Ronald Reagan.
For this evening’s announcement, we are joined by Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General, Edwin Meese.  Ed.  (Applause.)  And, Ed, I speak for everyone: Thank you for everything you’ve done to protect our nation’s great legal heritage.
In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask about a nominee’s personal opinions.  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.  I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person.
Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.  (Applause.)
     I know the people in this room very well.  They do not stand and give applause like that very often, so they have some respect.  (Laughter.)  
     And Brett’s wife, Ashley, and their two daughters, Margaret and Liza, have joined us on the podium.  And thank you and congratulations to you as a family.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  
     Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law. 
A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh currently teaches at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.
Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge -- a true thought leader among his peers.
He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.  And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy.  That’s great.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service.  For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals -- with great distinction -- authoring over 300 opinions, which have been widely admired for their skill, insight, and rigorous adherence to the law. 
Among those opinions are more than a dozen that the Supreme Court has adopted as the law of the land.
Beyond his great renown as a judge, he is active in his community.  He coaches CYO Basketball, serves meals to needy families, and -- having learned from his mom who was a schoolteacher in D.C. -- tutors children at local elementary schools.
There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving.
I want to thank the senators on both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat, for their consultation and advice during the selection process.  This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support.
The Rule of Law is our nation’s proud heritage.  It is the cornerstone of our freedom.  It is what guarantees equal justice.  And the Senate now has the chance to protect this glorious heritage by sending Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
And now, Judge, the podium is yours.  (Applause.) 
JUDGE KAVANAUGH:  Mr. President, thank you.  Throughout this process, I’ve witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. 
No President has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination. 
Mr. President, I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me.  Thank you. 
Thirty years ago, President Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court.  The framers established that the Constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty.  Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty.  I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court.  (Applause.) 
My mom and dad are here.  I am their only child.  When people ask what it’s like to be an only child, I say, “It depends on who your parents are.”  (Laughter.)    
I was lucky.  My mom was a teacher.  In the 1960s and 70s she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington, D.C. -- McKinley Tech and H.D. Woodson.  Her example taught me the importance of equality for all Americans. 
My mom was a trailblazer.  When I was 10, she went to law school and became a prosecutor.  My introduction to law came at our dinner table when she practiced her closing arguments.  Her trademark line was: “Use you common sense.  What rings true?  What rings false?”  That’s good advice a juror, and for a son. 
     One of the few women prosecutors at that time, she overcame barriers and became a trial judge.  The President introduced me tonight as Judge Kavanaugh.  But to me that title will always belong to my mom.
     My dad went to law school at night while working full time.  He has an unparalleled work ethic and has passed down to me his passion for playing and watching sports.  I love him dearly.  
The motto of my Jesuit high school was “Men for others.”  I’ve tried to live that creed.  I’ve spent my career in public service, from the executive branch and the White House to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  I’ve served with 17 other judges, each of them a colleague and a friend.
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. 
For the past 11 years, I’ve taught hundreds of students, primarily at Harvard Law School.  I teach that the Constitution’s separation of powers protects individual liberty, and I remain grateful to the dean who hired me, Justice Elena Kagan. 
As a judge, I hire four law clerks each year.  I look for the best.  My law clerks come from diverse backgrounds and points of view.  I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women.
I am part of the vibrant Catholic community in the D.C. area.  The members of that community disagree about many things, but we are united by a commitment to serve.  Father John Enzler is here.  Forty years ago, I was an altar boy for Father John.  These days, I help him serve meals to the homeless at Catholic Charities. 
I have two spirited daughters -- (laughter) -- Margaret and Liza.  Margaret loves sports, and she loves to read.  Liza loves sports, and she loves to talk.  (Laughter.)  I have tried to create bonds with my daughters like my dad created with me.  For the past seven years, I have coached my daughter’s basketball teams.  The girls on the team call me “Coach K.”  (Laughter.)  I am proud of our Blessed Sacrament team that just won the city championship.  (Applause.)
My daughters and I also go to lots of games.  Our favorite memory was going to the historic Notre Dame-Yukon women’s basketball game at this year’s Final Four.  Unforgettable.  
My wife Ashley is a West Texan.  A graduate of Abilene Cooper Public High School and the University of Texas.  She is now the town manager of our community.  We met in 2001 when we both worked in the White House.  Our first date was on September 10, 2001.  The next morning, I was a few steps behind her as the Secret Service shouted at all of us to sprint out the front gates of the White House because there was an inbound plane.  In the difficult weeks that followed, Ashley was a source of strength for President Bush and for everyone in this building.  Through bad days and so many better days since then, she’s been a great wife and inspiring mom.  I thank God every day for my family.  (Applause.)
Tomorrow, I begin meeting with members of the Senate, which plays an essential role in this process.  I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution.  I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic.  If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case, and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American Rule of Law.
Thank you, Mr. President.  (Applause.)
                              END                 9:18 P.M. EDT    

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

July 9, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:

“President Trump has made a superb choice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive nominee who is extremely well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Judge Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials. He is widely admired for his intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament. He has won the respect of his peers and is highly regarded throughout the legal community. And his judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic: Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written.

"I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and to the Senate’s fair consideration of his nomination, beginning with the work of Chairman Grassley and the Judiciary Committee. This is an opportunity for Senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command.”

Republican National Committee
July 9, 2018

RNC Statement on Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released the following statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court:
"Tonight, President Trump nominated a strong defender of the Constitution and champion of the rule of law to the Supreme Court," said Chairwoman McDaniel. "Judge Brett Kavanaugh has proven his commitment to protecting the rights of all Americans through a distinguished career on the D.C. Circuit and his lasting service to our nation. Judge Kavanaugh is the best choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy and Senate Democrats must put partisan politics aside and vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court."


Family Research Council

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Family Research Council Welcomes Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Pres. Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump today announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the nation's highest court.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement: 

"For a second time, President Trump has followed through on his promise to select a nominee from the list he presented during the campaign. President Trump promised a constitutionalist -- someone who will call balls and strikes according to the Constitution.

We trust the president that Judge Kavanaugh will fit this mold as a justice. Judge Kavanaugh has a long and praiseworthy history of judging as an originalist, and we look forward to having a justice with his philosophical approach on the Court. 

"From the day Justice Kennedy retired, the Left has sought to make this vacancy all about abortion -- even though many other significant issues are at stake including religious freedom and free speech. Under the Obama administration, we saw a growing assault on religious freedom and the courts became a battleground for secularists seeking to remove faith from the public square. Judge Kavanaugh resisted this trend in at least two instances --- an HHS contraceptive mandate case and in an opinion supporting inauguration prayers. 

"We are committed to working with President Trump and senators to help move the grassroots to gain the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh," concluded Perkins. 


Tea Party Express

Tea Party Express Commends President Trump’s Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Sacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation's largest grassroots Tea Party political action committee, commends President Donald Trump’s nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, “The President has chosen a judge who has demonstrated a commitment to faithfully adhere to the Constitution without substituting his own political views in interpreting the law. He will be a reliable conservative voice on the Court for many years to come.

We are excited that President Trump has chosen an eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee like Judge Kavanaugh who has an extensive and respectable record. He has already been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his appointment to the DC Court of Appeals, and he should receive a bipartisan vote from the Senate now. Hopefully, the Democrats in the Senate will cease their endless partisan attacks and vote approvingly for seating Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.
To schedule an interview with a representative of Tea Party Express, 
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Americans for Limited Government
For Immediate Release                   Contact: Robert Romano
July 9, 2018                                  

Kavanaugh safe choice for SCOTUS

July 9, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement reacting to the nomination by President Donald Trump of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court: 

“President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy is a safe, down the middle of the fairway choice who should be easily confirmed with bi-partisan support.  While the President could have made a bolder choice, Kavanaugh is thoroughly vetted with a decade of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions behind him.

“President Trump has gone through the most transparent process in the history of Supreme Court appointments with the list of potential nominees available to every interested party almost two years in advance of tonight’s choice.  

“As a result, the nomination of Kavanaugh is the most pre-vetted in history, and this should make for a quick, open and honest confirmation, so the Supreme Court can get to work with a full complement of Justices for the fall session. 

“Kavanaugh says that he believes the separation of powers in the Constitution protects individual liberty. We agree, and he must uphold this promise when seated upon the Court.”

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer

July 9, 2018

Schumer Statement On Nomination Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a nomination that puts women’s reproductive rights and health care protections in jeopardy:

“In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block. His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

“President Trump repeatedly promised to nominate justices to the bench who are hostile to Roe v. Wade, and who will undermine our health care laws. He has picked Judge Kavanaugh from a list of 25 people who were vetted and approved by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation – special interest groups devoted to overturning Roe and striking down the Affordable Care Act. With this pick, the president is making good on his pledge to ‘punish’ women for their choices. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination because he passed this litmus test, not because he’ll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans. If he were to be confirmed, women’s reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court.

“The Senate has come together on a bipartisan basis to protect women’s reproductive rights and to protect health care for millions of Americans before – including those with pre-existing conditions. We need to do it again. I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.

“If Americans believe in a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, and that health insurance companies shouldn’t be able to charge people more based on pre-existing conditions, now is the time to fight. I’m calling on Americans from all walks of life to make their voices heard from now until the end of this battle.

“This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans. We cannot let that happen. If we can successfully block this nomination, it could lead to a more independent, moderate selection that both parties could support.” 


Democratic National Committee

VIDEO: DNC on Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Judge Kavanaugh should not be allowed anywhere near our nation’s highest bench. Let’s be clear: a vote for Kavanaugh would be a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions.
"We know exactly why Kavanaugh was chosen. President Trump himself said that overturning Roe v. Wade and gutting the Affordable Care Act would be litmus tests for his Supreme Court nominee, and Kavanaugh fits the script. He’s suggested a future president could refuse to enforce the Affordable Care Act, even if it was upheld by the Supreme Court. And he dissented from a ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit.
“Majorities of Americans support Roe v. Wade and want to protect the Affordable Care Act. So President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh don’t just stand in opposition to democratic principles, they stand against the American people. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would threaten women’s rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, and voting rights for generations to come. Immigrants, LGBTQ Americans, people of color, and people with disabilities would be pushed further to the margins. And wealthy corporations and polluters would gain yet another powerful protector.
“Our Supreme Court must always protect people’s constitutional rights and serve as a check on the powers of the executive branch. By picking Kavanaugh, who has expressed his disturbing views of presidential power, Trump is attempting to turn our highest judicial institution into a rubber stamp for right-wing Republican ideology. Kavanaugh is unacceptable, and any senator who cares about the rights and dignity of the American people should oppose his confirmation.
“We blocked health care repeal last year because Americans came together, spoke out, and held Republican senators accountable. The only way to stop this nomination now is to fight again. Call your senator and vote in November. Democrats must make our voices heard at the ballot box for the millions of American families who are counting on us.”

American Bridge

American Bridge On Trump's Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

American Bridge President Bradley Beychok released the following statement on Donald Trump nominating far-right conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:
"Donald Trump told us exactly what kind of Supreme Court Justices he would pick.  So we know if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Roe v Wadethe freedom to marryaccess to health care for people with a pre-existing conditions, and more, are all at risk. 

"Kavanaugh is a career political hack and from the bench he has even backed the Trump's Administration efforts to limit access to abortion.  

"You don't have to be a Supreme Court expert to know that Kavanaugh is going to rubber stamp Donald Trump’s extreme and dangerous agenda from the bench."

Tuesday morning American Bridge will file dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests on Brett Kavanaugh's tenure as a judge as part of an aggressive and thorough vet of his beliefs, record, and qualifications.  




BALTIMORE (July 9, 2018)—NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:

Today, our nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment transformed our democracy by guaranteeing to all persons the right to equal protection under the law.

150 years after its passage, our nation still struggles to realize the promise of equality under the Fourteenth Amendment. The next appointment to the Supreme Court is pivotal to that struggle. The rights of African Americans to fully participate in democracy and in every facet of social and economic life, on an equal basis, lie in the balance. The next Supreme Court justice will play an outsized role in determining whether African Americans move forward in our journey toward achieving full equality, whether we simply tread water for the next three decades, or whether we slide backward toward our former status as second-class citizens.

This nomination occurs at a time unlike any other, and it should be considered by a Senate elected by the American people in November.  We have a president whose statements and policies are rooted in racism.  We have an administration reversing civil and human rights at every turn. We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed because of their proven hostility to civil rights. We have a criminal investigation into the presidency itself.  We have radical outside groups pre-selecting nominees to the Court. Nothing about this nomination is ordinary, and nothing about this confirmation is ordinary. These are extraordinary times requiring extraordinary measures.

Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court. Coming after Neil Gorsuch’s appointment, a Kavanaugh confirmation would re-make the Court in President Trump’s own image. This prospect is unacceptable to the American people, and the NAACP is ready to lead the fight of a generation.

The NAACP knows Judge Kavanaugh well. We opposed his confirmation to the D.C. Circuit for good reason.  In his 12 years on the bench, he has proven us correct. He has been a strong and consistent voice for the wealthy and the powerful. Over and over again, he has ruled against civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer rights, and women’s rights.

With a Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we could see reversals of hard-won gains securing equal opportunity in education, employment and housing.  We could see further exclusion of communities of color from participation in our democracy.  We could see racism continue to flourish within the criminal justice system.  We could see the elimination of effective tools for proving discrimination.  We could see the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the guarantee to accessible health care for millions.

The NAACP has understood the importance of fair-minded justices since 1930 when we helped defeat a Herbert Hoover nominee to the Supreme Court, John Parker. We will fight this Trump nomination with everything we’ve got. Our state conferences, branches and units are fully engaged to tell their Senators that our civil rights hang in the balance and that Kavanaugh must be defeated.

To each and every Senator, we say:  This is THE civil rights vote of your career.  We will be watching closely. Make no mistake – we are in the fight of our lives, and we hope you are prepared for battle.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here on To become a member of the NAACP, visit
People for the American Way
Contact: Drew Courtney at People For the American Way

PFAW Statement on the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

In response to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump was clear about what he was looking for in a Supreme Court nominee, and Brett Kavanaugh fills the bill. Make no mistake: Judge Kavanaugh wasn’t chosen because of his experience or his life story; he was chosen as a gift to right-wing activists who have spent decades working to take over the Supreme Court to push their own extreme agenda. Judge Kavanaugh’s record on the DC Circuit has made clear that he’s an outlier even among his most conservative colleagues; he’s dissented more than any other judge on that Court. His rulings provide ample evidence that he would not hesitate to gut Roe v. Wade or dismantle the Affordable Care Act.  And his writings raise serious concerns about whether he would be an independent check on presidential abuse of power.

“Confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would roll back the clock on rulings that protect women, people of color, workers and the LGBTQ community. We’ve already seen far too many rulings designed to protect the interests of corporations and the wealthy above the rights of all Americans. Giving a narrow-minded elitist like Judge Kavanaugh a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court would open the floodgate to more and worse.

“No Senator who cares about protecting equality or justice can support Brett Kavanaugh. In fact, no senator concerned about our Court being radically reshaped can vote to confirm this nominee. We are working with PFAW’s 1.5 million members and activists to make sure Americans understand exactly what’s at stake in this fight, and why it’s so critical that the Senate refuse to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

The White House

June 27, 2018

Statement on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Today, we thank Justice Anthony M. Kennedy for his thirty years of distinguished service on the Supreme Court of the United States.  In 1987, President Reagan nominated him to the Court, and he was swiftly confirmed without opposition.  A Californian—like the President who appointed him—Justice Kennedy is a true man of letters.  During his tenure on the Court, he authored landmark opinions in every significant area of constitutional law, most notably on equal protection under the law, the separation of powers, and the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and religion.

Justice Kennedy has been a tireless voice for individual rights and the Founders’ enduring vision of limited government.  His words have left an indelible mark not only on this generation, but on the fabric of American history.

Human Rights Campaign

With our Most Fundamental Rights on the Line, the American People Should Decide at the Ballot Box

Today, HRC called on the Senate not to consider the next Supreme Court nominee until after the American people vote in the midterm elections this November. Donald Trump has signaled his intention to nominate Supreme Court justices who would undermine significant progress -- from health care to LGBTQ equality to the Constitutional right to safe, legal abortion. HRC calls on Senate Leadership to allow the American people to decide at the ballot box whether they want a nominee who will undermine their fundamental rights and freedoms -- or one who will protect them.

“Justice Kennedy’s retirement should serve as a wakeup call for every pro-equality voter in America,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Trump wants a Supreme Court nominee who will undermine progress we've made on affordable health care, LGBTQ equality, Roe and more. The American people don't -- and they should have an opportunity to say so at the ballot box in November. The 2018 midterm elections just became the most consequential election of our lifetime. We must keep organizing, mobilizing, and holding lawmakers to account every single day -- and then we need turn out like never before this November.”

The Human Rights Campaign believes judicial nominees should:

  • Demonstrate commitment to full equality under law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans; individuals living with HIV and AIDS; women; people with disabilities; and racial, ethnic and religious minorities;
  • Demonstrate commitment to the constitutional right to privacy and individual liberty, including the right of two consenting adults to enter into consensual intimate relationships;
  • Respect the constitutional authority of Congress to promote equality and civil rights and provide statutory remedies for discrimination and violence;
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of and commitment to the separation of church and state and the protection of those citizens with minority religious views;
  • Respect state legislatures' attempts to address discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, race, color, national origin, religion and other factors through carefully crafted legislation that meets the requirements of the Constitution.
Over 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy cast countless tie-breaking votes on major decisions, and authored the majority opinion in the four most influential cases affecting LGBTQ people in the past three decades:

  • Romer v. Evans, finding that bare animus can not be a justification to pass measures that discriminate aginst LGBTQ people;
  • Lawrence v. Texas, finding laws that criminalize intimate relationships between same-sex couples to be unconstitutional;
  • US v. Windsor, finding that the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited legally married same-sex couples from being recognized as married by the federal government, to be unconstitutional; and
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, finding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry regardless of where they live in the United States.
As this process moves forward, HRC will work in coalition with civil rights groups across movements to advocate for the appointment of a fair-minded Constitutionalist to the nation’s highest court.

Sierra Club
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Cindy Carr

Sierra Club Statement On Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he is retiring from the Supreme Court. This announcement follows on several extreme Supreme Court decisions this week, including upholding Trump’s xenophobic Muslim ban and attacking public sector unions.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

"Justice Kennedy’s retirement today and the Court’s decisions handed down this week underscore the importance of our courts, which has never been more clear. The Supreme Court has the great and solemn responsibility to uphold the values of our Constitution, and keep faith with the letter and spirit of the nation’s core public health, environmental, civil rights, and labor laws. Therefore, the Court must protect the rights of women, workers, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. The Court must protect healthcare for millions, secure clean air and clean water for all, ensure action to tackle the climate crisis, take steps to guarantee the right to vote, and safeguard the very strength of our democracy.

“The decision over the next Supreme Court Justice will shape the direction of our country, and whether the promises enshrined in our Constitution and our laws are upheld or rolled back. That is why the Senate should only confirm a new Justice to the nation’s highest court who will act in the best interest of everyone who lives in the United States, not just corporate polluters, right wing ideologues, and the most wealthy. The Sierra Club is committed to rising up with our allies across the country to ensure that happens.”

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit