Friday, October 19, 2018

Progressive coalition pressures Senate Democrats demanding their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh

"Democratic senators should be united in opposition to Kavanaugh, instead of letting Republican senators ram through the confirmation of a nominee who was selected to protect the president from prosecution."

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The pressure is on as a coalition of progressive organizations launched a campaign to pressure Senate Democrats to unite to #StopKavanaugh. “Whip the Vote” is aiming their campaign at two-dozen Democrats who have yet committed to opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s far-right Supreme Court pick.

The coalition, which includes progressive organizations Demand Justice, Indivisble, Move On, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Ultraviolet Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, Daily Kos, Credo and Color of Change, lists each senator’s stance, whether it be support, lean support or opposed on its website, WhiptheVote.org.

“It is stunning that there are two dozen Democratic senators who are still undecided on letting Trump handpick a Supreme Court justice while he is under federal criminal investigation, especially since his pick, Brett Kavanaugh, believes that a sitting president should be considered above the law,” the coalition’s website states.

The campaign’s website encourages constituents to contact their Senators and demand he or she pledges to oppose Kavanugh.

“Every Democratic senator must announce their opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation immediately,” the coalition’s website states.

In what’s being called “one of the toughest fights yet,” uniting the Democratic caucus is no sure thing since “so-called moderates – including Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) – are considering voting for Kavanaugh,” Common Dreams reported.

Kavanaugh is known for his conservative anti-environment and anti-reproductive rights and his belief “that a sitting president should be considered above the law.” The Washington Post reported that Kavanaugh “has argued that presidents should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations, or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office.”

“This is one of the toughest fights yet of the Trump era,” Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director of Indivisible, said in a statement. “Every Democrat needs to come out loud and clear in opposition to this nominee, so that we can focus the pressure on moderate Republicans.”

 

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