Speaking at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union conference on Friday, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee threatens civil rights, LGBT rights, and women's rights, and added that she feared Republicans want to turn the clock back not to the 1950s but to the 1850s.
"The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," she said. "This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers' rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women's rights, including those to make our own health decisions."
"It is a blatant attempt by this administration to shift the balance of the Court for decades and to reverse decades of progress," said Clinton.
"You know, I used to worry that they wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s, now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s," said the former Secretary of State.
"These will be urgent fights," she said. "The stakes could not be higher. Civil rights and worker rights."
As a historical matter, from the 1850s forward, it was the Democratic Party that defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, and fought civil rights legislation, according to Dr. Carol M. Swain, professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University.