Reaction to Kavanaugh Supreme Court pick

President Trump’s choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee brought quick reaction from those in favor of the choice and those who disagree with it. 

Among those issuing statements was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who said, "Brett Kavanaugh is an excellent nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. I believe he fits the criteria I look for in judicial candidates which is: a man or woman of integrity, a person who has a solid understanding of the law, and a person who understands that the role of the judiciary is to uphold the Constitution regardless of one’s personal or political beliefs."

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), said this:

“A Supreme Court justice ought to be a judge, not a superlegislator – applying the Constitution as written, not altering it to reach a result. President Trump nominated a person who fit that description in Justice Neil Gorsuch last year, and to my understanding Judge Brett Kavanaugh fits it as well. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and the Senate moving expeditiously through the confirmation process.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), commented, “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration.”

Others were critical of the pick.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court:

“People need an independent justice who will not overturn the law of the land on women’s health, health care for people with pre-existing conditions, and the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans. The stakes are very high for the American people and these are the things that I will be looking for as I review the nomination.”

In a statement from Nicole Safar, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin:  

“With his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump has put a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions on the line. The president has promised to only nominate Justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that prohibited states from outlawing abortion. If that happens, abortion will immediately become a crime in Wisconsin. 

“The next Supreme Court Justice will determine the course of our history, and the course of countless women’s lives. Any nominee who does not believe that a woman should be able to make her own health care decisions disagrees with the vast majority of people in this country and is not qualified to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court.  

“We urge the Senate to take their confirmation duties seriously. You’ll be hearing from us.”  

Kelda Roys, who is running for the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin governor, had this to say about the president’s choice: 

“Donald Trump has pledged to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade, and that is unacceptable. As such, I cannot support Kavanaugh’s nomination. Brett Kavanaugh’s history indicates he will be a rubber-stamp for Donald Trump’s anti-choice and anti-worker agenda. Kavanaugh’s record is too extreme for our Supreme Court.

“This Supreme Court vacancy, and Trump’s pledge to appoint anti-choice justices, poses the clearest threat to reproductive rights in decades. This appointment underscores the importance of electing a governor with a strong track record of championing women’s health. I have that record, and I have pledged to pardon anyone charged under Wisconsin’s current abortion ban, which will go into effect immediately if Roe is overturned.”

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