In response to the Senate’s vote to invoke cloture on the nomination of Britt Grant to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement:
“Today’s decision is part of Trump’s unprecedented and escalating campaign, enabled by the Republican leadership, to pact the federal courts with narrow-minded elitists and erode the checks and balances needed to constrain President Trump’s, or any president’s, most destructive impulses. Britt Grant has made a career attacking environmental protections, undermining women’s constitutional rights including the right to choose an abortion, arguing against marriage equality, making it harder for transgender children to be safe at school, fighting against the Voting Rights act and harming immigrant families.
“Britt Grant is unqualified for a lifetime seat on the federal bench and she’s made clear that as a judge she’d use her position to push an agenda favoring the interests of the wealthy and powerful over the rights of all people. Any senator who cares about our system of checks and balances, as well as the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary, should refuse to support any more Trump judicial nominees.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.