On July 9, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh spent 12 years on the D.C. Circuit appeals court, where he repeatedly issued extremist opinions. While the Supreme Court is intended to be apolitical, Kavanaugh also has a history of partisanship, even participating in the drafting of the Kenneth Starr report that laid the groundwork for Bill Clinton's impeachment.
Kavanaugh's track record includes:
- Reproductive Rights: Ruled to block a 17-year-old girl in immigration detention from getting an abortion, claiming that a delay in granting her one was not an undue burden. Also ruled in 2015 that the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate infringed on religious liberty.
- Healthcare/ACA: Argued in a 2011 dissent that the president should be able to refuse to enforce the ACA even if the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality.
- Russia Investigation: Wrote in 2009 that presidents should be exempt from civil lawsuits and criminal investigations or prosecutions while in office. If Mueller's investigation ends up in front of the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will surely vote to protect Trump.
- Gun Laws: Dissented on a 2011 ruling to uphold a ban on assault weapons and require all fire arms be registered.
- Voting Rights: Wrote an opinion upholding a 2011 South Carolina voter-ID law that would disenfranchise thousands of voters.
- Environment: Ruled on various occasions that environmental regulations on pollution, animals, and climate issues are legal overreach.
- Consumer Rights: Dissented from a ruling that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency put in place after the 2008 recession.
- Workers' Rights: Wrote an opinion in 2016 allowing employers to block workers' right to picket in arbitration agreements.
- Education: Praised previous SCOTUS judges for trying to remove the separation of church and state as it pertained to schools and wrote that public schools should be allowed to deliver prayers over the loud speaker at football games.
- Net Neutrality: Called it an unlawful violation of the First Amendment.
At 53 years old, Kavanaugh could remain on the bench for 30 or more years, shifting the court for a generation to come. We must speak out against Kavanaugh to protect our future and those of our children.
Two calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active constituent from New Orleans, ZIP code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling to demand the senator oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s history of advocating for positions that are outside of mainstream beliefs are deeply troubling. His position that a sitting president should be shielded from criminal and civil action makes clear that Trump is attempting to subvert checks and balances to avoid accountability for his actions.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed in its entirety here.