The Democratic Coalition

Help us pressure the Senate to vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh or postpone the vote until next year

Trump has chosen DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. This is not good. Kavanaugh is a veteran of every conservative cause you can imagine, from the 2000 Florida recount to the fight against Obamacare.


We only need to convince a few key senators to vote no on Kavanaugh or push for a vote next year. Please donate today so we can run targeted ads - and then contact the Senate: Send a letter here.



We are currently pushing ads into Alaska (Murkowski), Maine (Collins), Indiana (Donnelly), Arizona (Flake), Nevada (Heller), West Virginia (Manchin), and North Dakota (Heitkamp).


Perhaps most concerning about Kavanugh, is that he has suggested enhancing the president’s power to block criminal and civil actions against him, a potentially worrisome position when the president nominating him is under a treason investigation and facing multiple lawsuits.


Get the facts: 


  • Kavanaugh will shield Trump from prosecution: In 2009, he argued that the president should be exempted from both criminal prosecution and civil suits while in office, arguing that the latter should be delayed until he leaves the presidency. Expect Democrats during the hearings to focus heavily on his apparent view that no one but Congress should be able to hold Trump criminally accountable as long as he remains in office.


  • Kavanaugh will overturn Roe vs. Wade: We also cannot risk a Supreme Court that would put in jeopardy the privacy rights of all Americans and a woman's right to control her own body. Reproductive rights in this country are at risk. Despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, many believe there is a very strong chance Brett Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. We cannot allow that to happen.


  • Kavanaugh will allow Trump to destroy the ACA: Anyone who cares about the Affordable Care Act should also fear this choice. Kavanaugh once suggested in the Obamacare case Seven-Sky v. Holder that a future president could choose to nullify Obamacare by just not enforcing it, writing, “Under the Constitution, the President may decline to enforce a statute that regulates private individuals when the President deems the statute unconstitutional, even if a court has held or would hold the statute constitutional.”


  • Kavanaugh is terrible on civil liberties: Kavanaugh has also ruled in favor of the National Security Agency’s expansive call record surveillance operation, arguing that collecting these records did not constitute a “search,” and that even if it did, the government can take such records if it has a “special need” to prevent terrorism, even if this burdens the constitutional rights of those searched. 


  • Kavanaqugh is not on the side of consumers: He recently wrote that he thinks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional on separation of powers grounds.


The more we learn about Kavanaugh, the more we realize the massive importance of defeating this nomination.


The Supreme Court is the most important judicial body in the country. The decisions it reaches impact all Americans, even the ones that end up five votes to four.


First and foremost, a president under investigation should not be able to choose the very justices who may soon be ruling on matters involving Trump-Russia pardons, indictments, and evidence.


Since the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court has taken a radical rightward turn. In June, it sided with big money interests against working people in an effort to destroy the union movement in this country. And it affirmed the president's Muslim ban and chose fear, racism and xenophobia over the American ideals of religious freedom and tolerance.


Those decisions, both 5-4 votes, were only possible because of the unprecedented actions of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deny President Obama's nominee a vote ahead of the 2016 elections. He did it because, in his own words, "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice."


Now that Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh, Mitch McConnell should remember those words. And our job right now is to make sure he does, and to make it clear the American people want a say in Justice Kennedy's replacement.


The truth is, the American people deserve a Supreme Court justice who respects the rights of workers instead of bowing down to big business. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality in this country, we need a court that will protect workers' rights and not just concern itself with corporate profits.


The American people deserve a Supreme Court that will move us back in the direction of one person, one vote and stop our slide into an oligarchy, in which the political life in this country is increasingly controlled by a handful of billionaire families. We fear that President Trump's next Supreme Court nominee would take the disastrous Citizens United decision even further by supporting the elimination of all restrictions on campaign finance, effectively allowing billionaires to contribute unlimited sums to candidates.


We also cannot risk a Supreme Court that would put in jeopardy the privacy rights of all Americans and a woman's right to control her own body. Reproductive rights in this country are at risk. Despite overwhelming opposition from the American people, many believe there is a very strong chance Brett Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. We cannot allow that to happen.


The Supreme Court also recently sided with those who want to make it harder for people to vote. In the year 2018, it should not be too much to ask for people to be able to vote without harassment. Our job should be to make it easier for people to participate in the electoral process, not harder.


Now, the Koch brothers immediately pledged to spend more than seven figures pressuring Democrats into supporting President Trump's nominee.


This time, we must be united from the start that there can be no vote on ANY nominee until the American people have had their chance to make their voices heard.


We believe most Americans want a Supreme Court that will stand up for civil liberties, constitutional rights, workers' rights, environmental rights and women's rights.


By now we know that is not what we will get from Brett Kavanaugh. And we believe the American people have a right to make their voices heard about that at the ballot box in November.


Tell the U.S. Senate that there should not be a vote on Brett Kavanaugh until after the American people have had a chance to vote in November and a new Senate is sworn in next January.


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