Today, Justice Kennedy announced he will retire from the Supreme Court on July 31.
Our civil rights and freedoms, including Roe v. Wade, are at risk. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
You think this Supreme Court term has been horrible? If Donald Trump gets to appoint another Supreme Court justice, we’re staring down thirty to forty years of vicious, unmitigated attacks on our rights.
CAP Action’s CEO, Neera Tanden, is demanding the Senate follow exactly the precedent Mitch McConnell set—refuse to consider a new nominee until after the voters have spoken in November and a new Congress is seated:
“The retirement of Justice Kennedy threatens to eliminate the last check on a President who has stomped on Americans’ rights with impunity. Women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and American workers are now dangerously at the mercy of President Trump’s bigotry and corruption.
“Trump’s attacks on women have been as horrific during his presidency as they were in his private life. Any nominee must pledge to uphold Roe v. Wade as settled law. His previous list of potential nominees, written as a sop to extreme special interests, should be rejected out of hand.
“Given President Trump’s demands for blind loyalty from his appointees, the onus for any nominee to have demonstrated independence is exceptionally high. Trump is in the midst of an unprecedented attack on the rule of law, and a nominee who will not stand up to that attack is a danger to our democracy.
“Finally, given Trump’s unpopularity and his minority election, it would be an outrageous partisan power grab for him to shift the entire balance of the court without meeting a 60 vote threshold that previous nominees have required. It goes without saying that the McConnell Rule should be followed: The American people should have a say, and the Senate should consider the nominee only after the new Congress is seated.”