‘We will fight for the soul of this nation…’
(Maria Mendez, CQ-Roll Call) Chants of “Hell no, Kavanaugh” clashed with “Roe has got to go” outside the Supreme Court on Monday night, moments after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his pick.
As hundreds of protesters, waving signs and megaphones, gathered in front of the court, Sen. Elizabeth Warren struggled to be heard over the shouts.
“Donald Trump is not a king. No one makes it to the Supreme Court without a majority in the Senate,” the Massachusetts senator told the crowd.
Warren, whose name has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for 2020, called on her Democratic colleagues in the chamber to stand firm in the coming fight to block Kavanaugh, a conservative currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
She and others worry that Kavanaugh will eliminate the legal right for women to terminate their unborn babies by upending the Roe v. Wade precedent that affirmed the right to an abortion in 1973.
Earlier Monday, Warren tweeted a video warning that the commander-in-chief’s pick could endanger the rights of “marginalized groups” and urging people to join her.
“If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now is the time to jump in,” Warren said in the video.
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker also spoke at the rally, which was organized by the leftist Center for American Progress.
Sanders was greeted with cheers and asked the crowd if they were ready for a battle.
“This is a tough fight, but if we stand together we’re going to win,” the Vermont Democrat said.
Booker urged people not to give up.
“We’ve got challenges ahead but we cannot grow weary,” the New Jersey Democrat said.
Republicans set the most recent precedent for blocking Supreme Court justice nominations when they refused to confirm President Barack Obama’s pick.
Some Democrats have vowed to stall Trump’s nominee, though their options for doing so have dwindled.
As pro-choice members of the crowd jostled with anti-abortion protesters who had to turned out to support Trump’s nominee, leaders of liberal groups took their turn at the microphone to voice their disdain for Kavanaugh and the administration.
“We must do our constitutional duty and reject this nominee,” said Chad Griffin, president of the LGBT agenda advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
Christin Battle, director of YP4, reminded the crowd of the high stakes of a lifelong appointment, saying young people will suffer the most from Trump’s pick.
Warren amped up the rhetoric.
With her fist raised, Warren prompted the crowd to get ready for this fight.
“We will fight for the soul of this nation,” she said.
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