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Monday, July 09, 2018

AFSCME Opposes Trump Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for United States Supreme Court


AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:

“The United States Supreme Court has become a tool for the rich, powerful and well-connected to trample on the rights and freedoms of working families. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, President Trump’s pick for the bench, Brett Kavanaugh, will join Neil Gorsuch in tipping the scales of the court even further in favor of a handful of wealthy special interests and against working people for decades to come.

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh has shown repeatedly that he is willing to take extreme positions and break with majority opinion to side with corporations, even when their negligence resulted in the death of a worker. Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows that he is not capable of being an independent justice who will uphold the rights of all Americans.

“Make no mistake, the special interests who handpicked the president’s slate of potential justices have no regard for settled law and no use for fair-minded, independent jurists. With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the same dark money forces that engineered the reversal of 40 years of precedent to rig the rules against working people in the Janus decision are now poised to tighten their grip on one of our democracy’s most important pillars for generations to come. The Senate should reject this nomination.”

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