The political divide was very much in evidence Monday after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and those on the right applauded, but those on the left expressed stunned anger at the pick.
Here are some of the reactions to the nomination
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he was completely opposed to the nomination of Kavanaugh in a statement released minutes after the announcement.
"I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same," Schumer said. "The stakes are simply too high for anything less."
"Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination because he passed this litmus test, not because he’ll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans," Schumer continued. "If he were to be confirmed, women’s reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court."
“If Americans believe in a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, and that health insurance companies shouldn’t be able to charge people more based on pre-existing conditions, now is the time to fight," he concluded.
'A serious jurist known for careful deliberation'
Conservative Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a frequent Trump critic, responded positively to the nomination.
"Brett Kavanaugh is a serious jurist known for careful deliberation," he said. "This doesn’t matter to many on the left."
"Sadly, the #Resistance is going to try to bork him by portraying him as a cross between Lex Luthor and Darth Vader," Sasse continued. "This isn’t the apocalypse – this is an opportunity to thoroughly review Kavanaugh’s record, debate this seriously, and celebrate our system of checks, balances, and limited government."
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called him a "radical" on Twitter.
Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a positio… https://t.co/IRiDGl4Ktx— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy)1531185225.0
Brett Kavanaugh is an anti-consumer zealot, an opponent of preexisting condition protections, a critic of abortion… https://t.co/njwLo0d4R0— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy)1531187950.0
'A careful, thorough vetting'
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) released a statement that didn't make it immediately clear if she would support or oppose the nomination.
“Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience," Collins said, "having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court Justices whom I have considered," she added. "I look forward to Judge Kavanaugh’s public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and to questioning him in a meeting in my office.”
'I'll be voting no.'
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made it clear she would vote against the nomination.
Brett Kavanaugh's record as a judge and lawyer is clear: hostile to health care for millions, opposed to the CFPB &… https://t.co/s84RjrKlRt— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1531187705.0
Vice President Mike Pence applauded the nomination as well.
Congratulations to Judge Brett Kavanaugh on being nominated by @POTUS to serve as the newest Justice to the Supreme… https://t.co/1YwfFBEY8O— Vice President Mike Pence (@Vice President Mike Pence)1531185669.0
As did Newt Gingrich.
.@realdonaldtrump has once again chosen an superb nominee for the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh is smart, driven,… https://t.co/j0nOCGh4TN— newtgingrich (@newtgingrich)1531186295.0
Gavin Newsom, the Democratic candidate in California's gubernatorial election, called the nomination a disaster.
Brett Kavanaugh will do nothing but side with Trump’s dangerous, bigoted agenda. He believes assault weapons bans… https://t.co/aFQHP1wcLi— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1531186603.0
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also objected.
The #NAACP knows Brett Kavanaugh well. We opposed his nomination to DC Circuit. His tenure on bench was exactly as… https://t.co/JivpcAoCyo— NAACP (@NAACP)1531187674.0
As did Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be a rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pu… https://t.co/5g1Wi9ZhWa— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1531187870.0
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said he would be one of the most conservative justices in history, apparently offering that as a criticism.
Brett Kavanaugh appears to meet all of President Trump’s political promises for how his candidate will rule. Kavana… https://t.co/fY9t04UzcA— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@Senator Dianne Feinstein)1531190505.0
President Donald Trump posted a video of his nomination from his official Twitter account.
Tonight, it was my honor and privilege to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. #SCOTUS https://t.co/97clc9zifm— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1531191250.0