Schumer Will Oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination 'With Everything I've Got'

By Susan Jones | July 10, 2018 | 8:17am EDT
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (File photo/Screen capture)

( - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated on Tuesday that he'll use the court of public opinion in an attempt to torpedo the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"I will oppose him with everything I've got," Schumer told "CBS This Morning." Schumer said he'll do that by trying to convince American voters that Trump, by putting  Kavanaugh on the nation's highest court, will abolish both abortion and Obamacare, including coverage for pre-existing conditions.


President Trump is "fulfilling two of his campaign promises," Schumer noted. But to Schumer, that's a bad thing.

The senator told "CBS This Morning" that Trump wants to "undo women's reproductive freedom" and he wants to "undo the ACA" (Obamacare).

“Now on these two issues, when he campaigned, President Trump said he will only appoint pro-life judges. He wanted to send Roe back to the states. That means repeal. And who has vetted these judges? A pre-ordained list of 25 (judges) – pre-ordained by The Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation,” both of which are staunchly pro-life, he added.

“On health care, President Trump said he wanted to repeal ACA…and the Heritage Foundation, which also vetted this list, is firmly in favor of repealing. So you put those things together...this nominee will repeal Roe and women's reproductive freedom, will repeal ACA," Schumer said.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Mika Brzezinski noted that Republicans got what they voted for in 2016, when President Trump campaigned on the Supreme Court issue, among other things. She asked Schumer which fight is more important -- finding a message that will help Democrats win in November, or fighting "an impossible fight" right now over Kavanaugh, given the fact that "Democrats lost."

“I don't believe it's an impossible fight,” Schumer responded.

“I believe that if the American people rise up, and we've seen lots of that in the last few days, we can win this fight. And I'd make one other point. The number one issue for our party, from the red states to the purple states to the blue states, is health care. And particularly pre-existing conditions, protecting them, which is wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states.

“This court battle highlights that. And so this actually may help us in the midterms. Any time health care is highlighted, Democrats win."

Schumer said he believes Judge Kavanaugh is "far, far right on so many issues," including presidential power, gun rights, environmental rights, and LGBTQ rights. "He is not a mainstream judge," Schumer said.

Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was not exactly a conservative firebrand.

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