‘[A]bout A Third Of The Entire Democratic Caucus Stood Up In The First Week After Judge Kavanaugh Was Announced To Declare They Had Seen Enough And Were Dead-Set Against Confirming Him’


SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “This week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has continued meeting with members of this body. So far, I believe the only Senators who’ve met with this nominee and then had negative things to say about him were Democrats who’d already announced beforehand they would oppose him…. [A]bout a third of the entire Democratic caucus stood up in the first week after Judge Kavanaugh was announced to declare they had seen enough and were dead-set against confirming him…. All this reflexive opposition … occurred well before there was any mention of documents or any of the other reasons our colleagues have come up with to delay the hearing.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 8/23/2018)


Some Senate Democrats Declared Their Opposition Before A Nominee Was Even Announced

SCHUMER, July 2nd: “[T]ell your senators they should not vote for a candidate from Mr. Trump’s preordained list.” (Chuck Schumer, Op-Ed, “Chuck Schumer: Our Rights Hang in the Balance,” The New York Times, 7/02/2018)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-OR), June 27th: “NOBODY on the Federalist Society list … is an acceptable nominee. #DitchTheList” (Sen. Merkley, @SenJeffMerkley, 6/27/2018)

SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI), Judiciary Committee Member, June 27th: “No, it doesn't matter who he is putting forward.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 6/27/2018)

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA), Judiciary Committee Member, June 27th: “The President’s list of potential SCOTUS nominees are complete non-starters…. We cannot and will not accept them to serve on the highest court in the land.” (Sen. Harris, @SenKamalaHarris, Twitter, 6/27/2018)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-PA), July 9th: “I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight …” (Sen. Casey, Press Release, 7/09/2018)

  • “Ahead of President Trump’s announcement concerning his nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released” his statement of opposition. (Sen. Casey, Press Release, 7/09/2018)


Many More Democrats Announced They ‘Will Oppose His Nomination’ The Very Night Judge Kavanaugh Was Nominated

SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT), Judiciary Committee Member, July 9th: “I will be a ‘no’ vote on this nominee…. In his record and writings, which I have reviewed, there is a very extreme hostility to many of the precious rights and liberties that make our nation great.” (“Sens. Blumenthal, Murphy Say They Will Vote Against Trump's Supreme Court Pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Hartford Courtant, 7/09/2018)

SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ), Judiciary Committee Member, July 9th: “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is enormously concerning and I’m strongly opposed to it…. Judge Kavanaugh has an immensely troubling record … I will fight to stop this nomination every step of the way.” (Sen. Booker, Press Release, 7/09/2018)

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), July 9th: “I have reviewed his record, and let me tell you Brett Kavanaugh did not end up on this list because he is the consensus nominee … I will be voting no.” (Center for American Progress Rally at the Supreme Court, 7/09/2018)

SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (D-NY), July 9th: “We must convince the Senate to do the right thing and stand against Kavanaugh!” (Center for American Progress Rally at the Supreme Court, 7/09/2018)

SEN. ED MARKEY (D-MA), July 9th: “His record on important issues portends a rubber stamp for an agenda that would move us backwards as a country. The Senate must reject this nominee.” (Sen. Markey, @SenMarkey, Twitter, 7/09/2018)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), July 9th: “Let us be clear: President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be a rubber-stamp … We must mobilize the American people to defeat Trump’s … nominee.” (Sen. Sanders, Press Release, 7/09/2018)

SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT), July 9th: “Brett Kavanaugh is … a bad choice for the Supreme Court. Not a close call. I will vote NO.” (Sen. Murphy, @ChrisMurphyCT, Twitter, 7/09/2018

SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD), July 9th: “Brett Kavanaugh simply does not meet that basic standard, and I cannot support his nomination to the Supreme Court.” (Sen. Van Hollen, Press Release, 7/09/2018)

SEN. TINA SMITH (D-MN), July 9th: “Here’s what we know: Brett Kavanaugh was hand-picked … let me be clear: I will oppose this nominee.” (Sen. Smith, @TinaSmithMN, Twitter, 7/09/2018)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-NJ), July 9th: “I cannot support a nominee culled from the rightwing wish lists of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.” (Sen. Menendez, Press Release, 7/09/2018)


By The End Of The Week Judge Kavanaugh Was Nominated, Even More Democrats Announced They ‘Strongly Oppose This Nomination’

SEN PATTY MURRAY (D-WA), July 10th: “I voted against Judge Kavanaugh when he was nominated for the circuit court and I strongly oppose this nomination now.” (Sen. Murray, Press Release, 7/10/2018)

SEN. TOM CARPER (D-DE), July 12th: “If I had known 12 years ago how Judge Kavanaugh would have ruled on any number of issues … I never would have voted for him in 2006…. I have no intention of voting for him now.” (“The Team That Helped Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Its Next Mission: Lifting Kerri Harris Over Sen. Tom Carper,” The Intercept, 7/12/2018)

July 12th: “Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said she'll oppose President Donald Trump's pick to the court, igniting a storm of criticism from her Republican rivals…. [T]he timing was swift, coming just days after Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the seat to be vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.” (“Tammy Baldwin To Oppose U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/12/2018)

  • SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI): “The people of Wisconsin need a fair, impartial and independent Supreme Court Justice who will stand up for them, not for powerful special interests. I don’t have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh would be that justice.” (Sen. Baldwin, Facebook, 7/12/2018)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI), July 13th: “After reviewing his record, I believe it is in the best interests of the people of Michigan for me to oppose the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.” (Sen. Stabenow, Press Release, 7/13/2018)

SEN. GARY PETERS (D-MI), July 13th: “Given Judge Kavanaugh’s clear record of placing corporate interests before the rights of Michiganders, I will oppose his nomination.” (“Stabenow, Peters Oppose Trump's Choice Of Kavanaugh For High Court,” The Detroit News, 7/13/2018)



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