Calling Kavanaugh a "Five-Alarm Fire," Progressives Reveal Action Plan to Defeat Trump's Extremist Nominee

September 19, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

While President Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that the nomination process for his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh would be a “beautiful thing to watch” over the coming weeks, progressive advocacy groups say they will leverage their collective political will—and the tens of millions of their outraged members—to stand against the president’s far-right and extremist choice.

Calling Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh a “five alarm fire,” NARAL Pro-Choice America,, Color of Change, and other groups announced a mass mobilization against the right-wing judge’s confirmation, including a nationwide day of action planned for August 26.

Americans concerned about Kavanaugh’s opposition to abortion rights and other issues the Supreme Court could rule on in the coming years are being urged to demand that Democrats unite against the nomination, and to confront Republican senators who are considered potential opponents—much like thousands of Americans did last summer as the Senate debated a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. members are already “making crystal clear that a vote for Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to end Roe, criminalize abortion, and punish women,” said the group’s Washington director, Ben Wikler. “We need to make sure that they understand that their entire political career will be haunted by their decision on Brett Kavanaugh for good or for ill.”

MoveOn’s website has a #SaveSCOTUS section for local events nationwide this week and other organizing resources.

While reproductive rights are at risk, Wikler noted, “protections for LGBTQ Americans, the Affordable Care Act, protections for people with pre-existing conditions…the ability to protect our democracy and voting rights…and the fundamental question of whether the president is above the law—all of those things are on the line, and that’s why MoveOn members will respond to this just as we did with the healthcare fight when nobody thought a victory was possible.”

“We need to make sure that [senators] understand that their entire political career will be haunted by their decision on Brett Kavanaugh for good or for ill.”
—Ben Wikler, MoveOn.orgTrump has already named one judge, Justice Neil Gorsuch, to the nation’s highest court, after three Democrats joined Republicans in voting to confirm him last year. Indivisible co-executive director Leah Greenberg spoke about efforts to pressure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to unite his party in opposition.