Oregon Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley has slammed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
“We knew that if Donald Trump picked anyone off his list of extremists, fundamental rights would be at stake. Now, the decision has arrived, and everything we feared is on the line,” Merkley said in a statement.
President Trump announced late Monday that Kavanaugh was his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
According to Merkley, if Kavanaugh’s nomination is approved then Roe v. Wade could be overturned and abortion and forms of contraception criminalized. Additionally, Merkley said that Americans with pre-existing conditions could lose life-saving health care, marriage equality could be overturned, and racial inequality and blatant voter suppression could be further embraced by the highest court in the land.
“These are no longer wild hypotheticals; these are real and imminent threats to our nation,” Merkley said.
“The justices of the Supreme Court should be selected based on the wisdom, experience, and values they bring to the job, not hand-picked by ideological organizations committed to rolling back the ability of women, minorities, workers, and consumers to participate fully and freely in society,” Merkley said, adding that, “To safeguard the rights of all Americans and our founding vision of a ‘We the People’ nation, Americans must rise up and make their voices heard in the U.S. Senate.”
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