NAACP: Kavanaugh ‘A Dangerous Ideologue’ With ‘Extreme Views on Civil Rights’

By Melanie Arter | July 11, 2018 | 11:03am EDT
President Donald Trump and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Screenshot)

( – The NAACP reacted to President Donald Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday, calling him “a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court.”

“Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court. Coming after Neil Gorsuch’s appointment, a Kavanaugh confirmation would re-make the Court in President Trump’s own image. This prospect is unacceptable to the American people, and the NAACP is ready to lead the fight of a generation,” the NAACP said in a statement.

“The NAACP knows Judge Kavanaugh well. We opposed his confirmation to the D.C. Circuit for good reason.  In his 12 years on the bench, he has proven us correct. He has been a strong and consistent voice for the wealthy and the powerful. Over and over again, he has ruled against civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer rights, and women’s rights,” the civil rights organization said.

“With a Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we could see reversals of hard-won gains securing equal opportunity in education, employment and housing.  We could see further exclusion of communities of color from participation in our democracy,” the NAACP said.

“We could see racism continue to flourish within the criminal justice system.  We could see the elimination of effective tools for proving discrimination.  We could see the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the guarantee to accessible health care for millions,” it added.

“The NAACP has understood the importance of fair-minded justices since 1930 when we helped defeat a Herbert Hoover nominee to the Supreme Court, John Parker. We will fight this Trump nomination with everything we’ve got. Our state conferences, branches and units are fully engaged to tell their Senators that our civil rights hang in the balance and that Kavanaugh must be defeated,” the NAACP said.

"To each and every Senator, we say: This is THE civil rights vote of your career. We will be watching closely. Make no mistake – we are in the fight of our lives, and we hope you are prepared for battle,” it added.


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