Though Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face tough scrutiny from Senate Democrats, one group of black leaders is hoping their support for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge will convince senators to confirm him.
Members of the conservative Project 21 black leadership network applauded President Donald Trump’s nominee, according to a news release sent Monday night after the president’s announcement from the White House.
The group praised Kavanaugh’s “dedication” to the U.S. Constitution and his “impressive record of accomplishment.”
“This is a judicial grand slam! As someone familiar with Judge Kavanaugh’s record, I can say that — though the left may be upset — those who love our Constitution will be thrilled,” Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper said in the release. “His record in over 300 opinions reveals a judge truly committed to the constitutional principles of textualism and originalism.”
Cooper, former professor of constitutional law at George Mason University and senior counsel to congressional leadership, wrote about Kavanaugh in a recent editorial for the Washington Examiner.
“The real beef the left has with originalists like Kavanaugh is they expect judges to do the job that leftists don’t like — the hard work of convincing their fellow citizens to voluntarily adopt their radical vision for America. Instead of persuasion, the left wants courts to force its vision down people’s throats,” he wrote.
What do other Project 21 members say?
Stacy Washington, Project 21 co-chairman and nationally syndicated talk-radio host, called Kavanaugh “a judge’s judge” with “impeccable credentials,” according to the release.
Rich Holt, political consultant and co-chair of the Ohio Center-Right Coalition, noted Kavanaugh’s record of protecting constitutional values.
“I have no doubt his tenure on the Court will strengthen the rights of all Americans over the next generation,” Holt said in the release.
What do critics say?
Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who was arrested Monday night along with six others who protested Trump’s SCOTUS pick, called for Democrats to stand up against Kavanaugh, AM New York reported.
“My message is to those Democrats who think resistance is just a hashtag,” Williams told protesters outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. “We have fought for protections for so many, fought hard for black, brown, LGBT, for women. All of that can be reduced, not because of bigoted Republicans, but because of Democrats who refused to step up because they were afraid.”
Williams is running for lieutenant governor of New York.
Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Senate confirmed him with some bipartisan support and a vote of 57 to 36.