(CNSNews.com) – Several leading conservatives and libertarians strongly criticized President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, with some describing Kavanaugh as the “Bush pick” and a judge who is not like Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas.
On Tuesday, the American Family Association, one of the leading conservative pro-life and pro-family Christian organizations in the country, issued a press release opposing Kavanuagh.
The AFA said it is “deeply concerned about how he might ultimately rule on issues related to abortion and religious liberty.”
The AFA added that they “have no plans to fight President Trump on this nomination.”
Libertarian Fox & Friends panelist Judge Andrew Napolitano also expressed his concerns about the nomination, affirming his belief that Kavanaugh was the “swamp pick.”
Napolitano stated on Tuesday that he was “disappointed in the president because this is not the type of person he said he would pick. Justice [Neil] Gorsuch was. [Brett Kavanaugh] is at the heart and soul of the D.C. establishment against whom the president railed.”
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday night, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) asserted that the president failed to “energize the base with this pick.”
Kavanaugh is “the establishment pick. He was the Bush pick,” Santorum said. “It just seems like, you know, Trump in this case just bowed to the elite in Washington and I think that’s going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.”
On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, host Mark Levin strongly disapproved of Brett Kavanaugh’s decision to legally characterize the financial penalties of Obamacare’s individual mandate as a tax.
“You have to assume that Kavanaugh would have voted with Roberts” on Obamacare, Levin said. “He is not Scalia; he is not Thomas; he is not Alito; and in this case, he wasn’t even Kennedy. So we’ll see. The conservatives on the judiciary committee politely and legitimately need to pursue this. This is a big deal.”
President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Kavanaugh on Monday. The White House will look for the Senate to confirm and appoint the president’s nominee in time for the Supreme Court’s next term, which begins on Oct. 1.