Opposing Kavanaugh: When a hearing becomes a battle
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by President Trump sparked a wave of strong opposition that spilled out onto the floor of his confirmation hearing.
Being part of the U.S. Supreme Court is not just a lifetime job, but a professional privilege and a moral responsibility that can define the course of the country.
At a time when the Trump administration seeks to reform the United States from the root, transforming it into its most conservative contemporary version, a right-wing majority in the Supreme Court is a risk that women and immigrants just can’t afford.
That is why, before and during the hearing of the presidential nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, activists resorted to protest to oppose the possibility of a man with a history against abortion and gun control to attain such a powerful position.
Similarly, the Democratic caucus made profound insistence from the outset - even breaking with the protocol - in reviewing the background of the candidate, who served in the White House Counsel’s Office and as Chief of Staff during former President George W. Bush’s tenure, and whose National Archive documents have been retained by 90 percent thanks to the intervention of the Republican Party, explained Slate.
Just hours before the beginning of the hearing, the Republican attorney in charge of organizing the documents - and who worked for Kavanaugh - delivered 42,000 pages to the Committee, making them impossible to review before beginning the process.
Given the White House's reluctance to release the nominee's documents, the question that dominated the floor of the audience was "What are they hiding and why?"
For activists who interrupted from the audience with shouts and slogans, the answer is simple: Kavanaugh's nomination is being carried out as a government strategy that ensures the continuity of the Trump agenda on issues such as the right to abortion, and the insistence and haste of the GOP is only a push to secure the majority in the Supreme Court before their imminent defeat in the midterm elections.
As explained by Salon, the biggest concern that arises before the audience is that "the Senate Democrats are not doing enough" to prevent Kavanaugh from sitting in court. Whereas "Republicans only have 50 votes in the Senate (at least until former Senator Jon Kyl is sworn in as John McCain’s replacement)," their majority in this issue is not guaranteed. The media outlet explains that "if all the Democrats plus the two independents vote against him, it would only take one Republican defector to sink the ship: Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska or someone else.”
The fact that Kavanaugh was nominated by a president whose closest advisers are falling one by one in a tough investigation for corruption, whose behavior against women has been more than questionable, and whose support for the National Rifle Association is indisputable, should be reason enough to not even contemplate him as a candidate.
However, the radicalization of the GOP against the publication of Kavanaugh's record only increases the suspicion that the process is not transparent, but exactly the opposite.