While the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court drew cheers from most conservatives Monday night, liberal lawmakers were nearly as united in their vocal opposition.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh’s addition will likely create a solidly conservative five-judge majority on the high court for decades to come, influencing hot-button issues such as abortion rights, gay rights and government regulation, and potentially clearing the path to overturning Roe v. Wade.
The selection of the conservative Kavanaugh will likely lead to a bruising confirmation battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority.
In a statement, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Kavanaugh “a superb choice” and “an impressive nominee.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tweeted that Kavanaugh had “impeccable credentials & a strong record of upholding the Constitution,” and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Kavanaugh “will be an outstanding Justice.”
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials & a strong record of upholding the Constitution. He is widely respected as a fair, independent & mainstream judge. I look forward to the Senate moving forward with a fair & thorough confirmation process. https://t.co/5Y5oWo36RB
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain)
What a great night for the American people! pic.twitter.com/QTcUCTJMGn
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC)
Former Trump administration communications director Anthony Scaramucci warned Democrats not to play “partisan games.”
I didn’t like how Republicans treated Judge Merrick Garland, and I think it would be a mistake for Democrats to blindly obstruct on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Both are extremely talented jurists and thoughtful scholars. SCOTUS should not be subject to partisan games.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci)
Many Democratic senators, however, said there was no way they would vote to approve his nomination. In tweets, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called Kavanaugh “hostile to health care” and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he was “a true Second Amendment radical,” as both said they would vote “no.”
Despite being outnumbered in the Senate, a number of leading Democrats said they would do everything they could to fight Kavanaugh’s nomination. Here’s what some had to say on Twitter:
Brett Kavanaugh's record as a judge and lawyer is clear: hostile to health care for millions, opposed to the CFPB & corporate accountability, thinks Presidents like Trump are above the law – and conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade. I'll be voting no.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren)
Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream, far to the right of even late Justice Scalia.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT)
The fact that Kavanaugh believes that a President should not be subject to civil litigation or criminal investigation while in office means that Trump just nominated a justice who has already reached conclusions on these serious questions. That should raise enormous red flags.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker)
If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court it will have a profoundly negative effect on workers' rights, women's rights and voting rights for decades to come. We must do everything we can to stop this nomination.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders)
Brett Kavanaugh's views are far outside the mainstream when it comes to health care, executive power, privacy and gun safety. We need a nominee who understands that the court must protect the rights of all Americans, not just political interest groups and the powerful. #SCOTUS
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein)
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)
We all know what’s at stake with Kavanaugh’s nomination: The freedom for women to make our own choices. Equal rights. Civil rights. All of the values we hold most dear. Stopping this will take all of us, fighting as hard as we can, raising our voices again and again. pic.twitter.com/TfhDaxoNQi
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand)
Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Kavanaugh, represents a direct and fundamental threat to the rights and health care of hundreds of millions of Americans. I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court. #SCOTUSpick
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris)
President Trump, more than any President I’ve seen, has been explicit about what he expects from a nominee—and based on everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh, he is exactly what President Trump is looking for. So, I oppose this nomination.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray)
.@realDonaldTrump is using this nomination as a destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color & families, & to radically reverse the course of American justice & democracy. #WhatsAtStake #StopKavanaugh https://t.co/lUDbzInQZ3 pic.twitter.com/oq6954uChh
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi)