Protecting the Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices should understand that the Constitution protects all of us, not just the wealthy and privileged. But President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, like Neil Gorsuch before him, is yet another narrow-minded elitist who lacks respect for our constitutional rights and values of liberty, equality and justice for all.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Americans will face a grave new level of extremism with devastating results. Eliminating checks on presidential power. Gutting and overturning Roe v. Wade. Undermining affordable health care. Weakening voting rights and worker protections. Stripping away protections for clean air and water.

It’s more urgent than ever for Americans to push for justices who are fair-minded constitutionalists who value the principles of equality and justice for all and who understand how our laws impact all Americans. We can’t afford more judges whose extreme agenda would only serve the wealthy and powerful.

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A Right-Wing Court

With President Trump’s first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, already on the bench and Brett Kavanaugh nominated for a second seat, the U.S. Supreme Court is being pushed even further to the Right and real people suffer. In its last term, the right-wing majority on the Court issued rulings that continue to weaken our democracy and threaten individual rights, including:

Trump v. Hawaii: This decision upheld Donald Trump’s discriminatory and unconstitutional Muslim ban.

Janus vs. AFSCME: Overturning years of precedent, the Janus ruling used the First Amendment as a weapon against working people and their ability to effectively organize to protect their rights on the job.

NIFLA v. Becerra: This case was decided in favor of so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that spread anti-choice misinformation about abortion and create roadblocks for women seeking abortion care.

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What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court

Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court puts the fate of our country in grave danger. Not only does Kavanaugh meet Trump’s anti-choice, anti-affordable health care litmus tests, he also believes that the president should be above the law with respect to criminal investigations and indictments.

Justice Anthony Kennedy was routinely the Court’s swing vote—often joining with the Court’s four extremely conservative members, but occasionally siding with the moderates on issues like choice, environmental justice, civil rights and LGBTQ equality.

But Kavanaugh fits the mold of far-right Justice Neil Gorsuch, not Kennedy.  Any brake on the ultra-conservatives’ carrying out their elitist agenda would be gone. Our constitutionally-protected rights are at stake. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, the Court’s far-right bloc will be cemented for decades. We need a Supreme Court that will defend the Constitution’s guarantee of equality and for justice for all.

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By the Numbers

68% of Americans
The percent of Americans who say that who sits on the Supreme Court is “very” or “extremely” important to them.

Over 165 decisions
The number of 5-4 Supreme Court decisions issued since Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito joined, many of which distorted the law and undermined our democracy.

$17 million
The amount a right-wing dark money group spent to block President Obama’s nominee and instead ram through President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch.