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Reaction To Trump's Supreme Court Nomination Of Kavanaugh

Local and national voices weigh in on the Kavanaugh nomination

July 09, 2018 - 10:53 pm

(WWJ) -- President Donald Trump announced Monday night that he has chosen politically connected conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court.

Politicians, activists and organizations, both locally and nationally, voiced their opinions on Trump's decision to nominate Kavanaugh, who many Democrats and Liberals see as a possible threat to issues such as health care and human rights.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee-D, Michigan says if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, the Supreme Court will move even further to the right and likely turn the clock back on other fundamental rights, including health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and women’s reproductive rights. 

“It is wrong that President Trump has effectively outsourced the nomination of judges to extreme political groups that do not have the best interests of Americans in mind," Kildee said. "We should not have a litmus test for selecting justices, which will lead to even more extreme voices on the nation’s highest court. The American people deserve judges and Supreme Court justices that act independently and respect the rule of law.”

The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Trump’s decision:
 
“Tonight’s nomination is another dangerous step closer to Donald Trump and Republicans in DC stripping away healthcare protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, reversing civil rights as we know them today, and eliminating women’s fundamental freedoms to make decisions about their bodies.
 
“While Bill Schuette and other Republican politicians running for governor will let Trump’s devastating policies steamroll our working families, Michigan Democrats are going to stand firm to protect the generations of progress that are at risk. We are committed to fighting and organizing like never before, because electing Democrats this November is our strongest line of defense."

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination:

“President Trump has made an extraordinary choice by selecting Brett Kavanaugh to serve on our nation’s highest court. Brett Kavanaugh is incredibly qualified to serve and his record as a Rule of Law Jurist shows that he will decide cases based upon the words of the Constitution of the United States, rather than legislate from the bench. Senator Debbie Stabenow owes it to the people of Michigan to put partisan grandstanding aside and give Brett Kavanaugh the fair vote that his qualifications merit.” 

Congressman Paul Mitchell representing Michigan's 10th district released the following statement after President Donald Trump named Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States:

“President Trump made a great choice in his selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court. I am confident that as a rule of law justice he will be a strong replacement for Justice Kennedy.

Planned Parenthood is also speaking out on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

“We oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and call on the Senate to do the same. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: with this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line. We already know how Brett Kavanaugh would rule on Roe v. Wade, because the president told us so. We take Trump at his word that Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade and get rid of the Affordable Care Act. The balance of the Supreme Court is at stake — we cannot allow it to be tilted against the constitutional right to access abortion. Generations of women, especially women of color, will be affected. And generations of people have grown up only knowing a country where they have the right to access safe, legal abortion. We cannot allow our children and grandchildren to have fewer rights than we do today.”