Predictably the leftist progressives are losing their collective minds following President Donald Trump’s announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Following President Trump’s announcement that Kavanaugh would be President Trump’s choice to replace Kennedy, dozens of people began to gather at Trump Tower located in New York City’s Midtown area. The prevailing concern was that Kavanaugh would set the country back decades. Much of that fear is directed at the leftist fear-mongering campaign that took place upon the announcement of Kennedy’s retirement and the claims that President Trump’s newest Supreme Court pick would overturn the controversial Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 legalizing abortion.
What is shocking is the sheer vitriol behind the response including those in leadership in their response. Seven people, including a city council member, have been arrested for civil disobedience during protests that raged out of control on Monday night.
The protest began peacefully with people marching along the sidewalk chanting “Hey hey ho ho, Trump’s nominee has got to go!” Then things got ugly when a group of protesters chose to sit in the middle of Fifth Avenue near the intersection of 57th Street blocking heavy traffic. The NYPD was forced to begin arresting protesters and among them was City Councilman Jumaane Williams.
The protests were not confined to New York City either. Protesters were present in cities across the country in opposition to all things Trump, including our nation’s capital – Washington D.C. – where many protesters gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court itself to express their displeasure at President Trump’s choice of Kavanaugh.
The anger of the mob forced Fox News reporter Shannon Bream to flee her live reporting station in front of the court for the safety of the nearby Fox studio. Bream originally planned to host a live show on the steps of the Supreme Court but was forced to move the broadcast for her own personal safety.
Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 10, 2018
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 10, 2018
Bream tweeted of the volatile atmosphere – “Literally had to bail on our live show from #SCOTUS. Moving the show back to the safety of the studio. See y’all at 11p @FoxNews. Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.”
Also among the protesters was Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I), current senator of Vermont, former Presidential Candidate for the Democratic party, and self-professed socialist. Sanders was stirring up the crowd, inciting further discord regarding the Roe v. Wade decision, telling protesters they should be ready to challenge the nomination.
Sanders yelled at the crowd of protesters – “Are you ready for a fight? Are you ready to defend Roe vs. Wade? This is a tough fight but it is a fight that we can win. We have the American people on our side, now we have to go state by state by state to make sure senators do what their constituents want.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY-D) is another Democrat leading the charge in an effort to obstruct Kavanaugh’s appointment to the bench. Shortly after the announcement was made, Schumer tweeted – “I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination because he passed this litmus test, not because he’ll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans. If he were to be confirmed, women’s reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court.”
I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.
Read my full statement on #WhatsAtStake: https://t.co/BYtcB3LWWB #StopKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/5f2Bomxltb
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 10, 2018
“Let’s be clear: a vote for Kavanaugh would be a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions,” DNC Chair Tom Perez claimed.
53-year-old Kavanaugh is a currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Washington DC circuit who has a background in politics. Prior to his nomination to the Washington DC circuit court back he was Bush’s White House staff secretary and worked for Bush during the 2000 Florida vote recount. He is a Yale Law School graduate.
Some have voiced objections to Kavanaugh as simply another Justice John Roberts. Others have complained he came straight out of the Ivy League and to Washington. He has never practiced law outside the beltway but took the direct route to the Bush White House. He served as staff secretary for former President George W. Bush, Jr. as well as working on the Florida recount during the contested Gore versus Bush election for the nation’s 43rd president.
In 1998, Kavanaugh co-wrote an impeachment report on Bill Clinton with special counsel Kenneth Starr. In the report, he argues for a broad definition of obstruction of justice – a crime for which special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT-D) is already demanding that Kavanaugh recuse himself on all matters regarding Mueller and the Russian collusion investigation. Sen. Justin Amash (MI-R) has also expressed his own reservations with Kavanaugh’s nomination citing considerable concern with regard to Kavanaugh’s previous ruling regarding the constitutionality of government surveillance of the American populace.
Kavanaugh also played a role in the highly visible and contentious Elian Gonzales and Terri Schiavo cases. Last year, Kavanaugh ruled to prevent a teenager in immigrant detention from getting an abortion in Garza v. Hargan. When the ruling was later overturned by the full court, he claimed the decision would give immigrant minors a right to “immediate abortion on demand”. The judge has also frequently ruled against Obama-era environmental regulations and said he would like to strike down Washington DC’s ban on certain semi-automatic long g**s.
Kavanaugh’s critics believe his actions in the teen-immigrant abortion case demonstrate an overt tendency to compromise that could signal an unwillingness to make waves on the Supreme Court. In a 2011 opinion, he wrote that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate could be made a “tax, not a fine,” therefore providing a vehicle to allow a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that many Republicans believe saved the wildly unpopular 2010 healthcare law.
Kennedy was known as the swing vote on key issues, including abortion, same-s*x marriage, and affirmative action. Leftists believe Kavanaugh could potentially signal the end of Roe v. Wade and their ability to escape consequences by murdering their offspring in the womb.
As pro-abortion folks flip their collective lids over the possibility of the overturn of Roe v. Wade with the replacement of Justice Kennedy and his swing vote….a couple of important factors to keep in mind —
- Roe v. Wade has a companion decision known as Doe v. Bolton. Both decided on the same day with Roe in Texas & Doe in Georgia. The decisions are always read together. Overturning Roe still leaves Doe intact.
- An overturning of Roe v. Wade does not outlaw abortion. It merely takes the federal government out of the equation allowing each state to decide whether they will allow abortion in their collective states or not.
- While I am vehemently & unapologetically pro-life & under NO circumstances do I find abortion an acceptable option, I also fully comprehend, & you should as well, that you cannot legislate morality.
This is an issue of the heart and mind. Abortions of various forms have been happening for centuries. While I very much want to see the overturn of this disgusting legal precedent brought forth by feminist attorneys that took advantage of a desperate woman, I also grasp that unless hearts and minds are changed and life is again viewed as the precious gift that it is – not much is going to change, at least with regards to the Roe v. Wade issue.