On June 27, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench effective July 31st. Though Kennedy was appointed by Republican president Ronald Reagan in 1988, his decisions have not always been ideologically conservative. Since 2005, he has been considered a "swing vote" and voted alongside liberal justices in numerous 5-4 decisions including Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized gay marriage and Fisher v University of Texas supporting affirmative action. Kennedy also voted to uphold Roe v. Wade in cases seeking to overturn the landmark case granting abortion access to women. Kennedy's moderate position prevented the court from veering solidly to the right. Now, Trump has the power to replace him with a hardline conservative (similar to Gorsuch, his 2017 appointee) and remove the barrier that has kept the Supreme Court from overturning cases which granted essential rights to women, workers, minorities, and LGBTQ+ Americans.
It is because of the highly pivotal nature of Kennedy's replacement that the Senate must take everything into consideration before confirming a new Supreme Court justice. This includes the president's repeated disrespect for the constitution and the rule of law and the fact that the president is currently under federal investigation for colluding with a foreign power to swing an election. Despite this, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already stated that the Senate will vote to confirm a replace this fall (a hypocritical move by McConnell who refused to confirm an Obama appointee because it was an election year; this year is also an election year). After the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, it is clear that Trump will again select an anti-Roe v. Wade nominee from a wish list curated by right-wing extremist organizations instead of a moderate candidate who can garner bipartisan support.
Kennedy's replacement on the Supreme Court will have the power to reshape our nation's laws and rights for generations to come. Senators must demand a truly fair-minded nominee to reflect Kennedy's non-ideological tenure on the bench and prevent the Supreme Court from becoming another hyper-partisan branch of government.
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 [NAME] and I'm an active constituent from New Orleans, ZIP code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling to demand that the senator oppose any ideological extremist nominated by Trump to the Supreme Court. We need a fair-minded nominee with broad support to carry on Kennedy's non-ideological position and prevent the Supreme Court from becoming another hyper-partisan branch of government.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.