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Trump’s pick of former Starr prosecutor, Brett Kavanaugh, is an executive power grab

The Supreme Court. In the foreground is a protest sign that says "Repro Rights are Queer Rights. Queer Rights are Repro Rights."

“Brett Kavanaugh’s America is a country where people have little say and presidents rule by fiat,” — Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Washington, DC – On July 9, Donald Trump announced his selection of Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Trump’s pick will clearly pull the Supreme Court to the right, if confirmed, and put the rights of LGBTQ people at risk.

Kavanaugh is a right-wing, anti-LGBTQ pick:

  • Has been backed by the anti-LGBTQ extremist group the Family Research Council
  • He will put Roe v Wade at risk: In one case he opposed a migrant teen’s access to abortion and stated that “Government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life.”
  • Thinks president’s have a right to not enforce laws they deem unconstitutional, even if the courts ruled it was.
  • Believes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional.
  • Praised by Ann Coulter who believes Kavanaugh “has a terrific record as a judge.”

“There hasn’t been a nominee for the Supreme Court this extreme since Robert Bork,” Carey stated and continued that, “Kavanaugh is a clear choice for Trump to expand his own power and escape the Mueller investigation.” Bork did not become a Supreme Court justice, many attribute the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s speech on the Senate floor on Robert Bork’s America, which Carey echoed in her her statement on Kavanaugh’s America, as a pivotal point in stopping the nomination.

Stacey Long Simmons, director of the Advocacy and Action Department at the National LGBTQ Task Force sounded the call to action stating in response to Trump’s pick that, “We’re prepared to do everything in our power to prevent Brett Kavanaugh from being seated on the bench.”

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Deputy Director of the Advocacy and Action Department at the Task Force, Victoria Kirby York, MPA, spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court in a rally to prevent Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court.