by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director
August 28, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh is a terrible nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. He doesn’t deserve to be confirmed.
He’s a rightwing ideologue who very well might overturn Roe v. Wade.
For sure, he’d further entrench corporate power.
And he would absolutely get in the way of any decent campaign finance reform. He hailed the Buckley v. Valeo decision of 1976, which equates money with speech. He said that the Buckley decision contains “one of the most important sentences in First Amendment history.” Here is that sentence: “The concept that government may restrict the speech of some elements of our society in order to enhance the relative voice of others is wholly foreign to the First Amendment.”
I’m sure the Koch Brothers love that one, too. It’s fine with him if the billionaires and the corporations drown out the rest of us.
But above all, the Senate should reject Brett Kavanaugh – and shouldn’t even hold hearings on Brett Kavanaugh – because he is Donald Trump’s get-out-of-jail free card.
Hell, that’s probably why Trump chose him in the first place.
Kavanaugh believes that sitting Presidents should not be subject to criminal prosecution – or even criminal investigation – while in office.
“Provide sitting presidents with a temporary deferral of civil suits and of criminal prosecutions and investigations,” he has proposed.
This is precisely the wrong person to have on the U.S. Supreme Court right now, when an actual criminal investigation of this sitting President has revealed, just last week, that he was intimately involved in violating the campaign laws of our country to gain an electoral advantage.
And there is a mountain of evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to gain an electoral advantage.
Remember, we’re supposed to be a country where nobody is above the law.
But Brett Kavanaugh says the President is above the law.
Which is music to Trump’s ears.