Brett Kavanaugh is being nominated for a lifetime appointment. The court must serve as a check on the executive branch – a check that’s more important now than ever, given Donald Trump’s extreme, misguided, unconstitutional executive actions. The Supreme Court must be filled with people who judge impartially. We need Supreme Court justices to uphold the rule of law, even against a president who tries to distort it. Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy will not rein in Trump and hold him to his constitutional limitations; rather, Trump’s pick has proven to put the wealthy and powerful before the people.
The Supreme Court must protect the rights of women, workers, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people of color and other vulnerable communities. The court must protect access to healthcare for millions, secure clean air and clean water for all, ensure legally mandated action to tackle the climate crisis, uphold the right to vote and safeguard the very strength of our democracy. All of those things could be threatened if a justice is confirmed who sides with the rich and powerful over the people.
The American people cannot afford 40 more years of Trump’s values on the Supreme Court.