California Sen. Kamala Harris called President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court a “fundamental threat to the promise of equality for all.”
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court,” Harris said in a statement issued Monday night. “Specifically, as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, his nomination presents an existential threat to the health care of hundreds of millions of Americans.”
Harris described Kavanaugh as “a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist.” She said she was concerned that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that gave women the right to abortion.
“During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump made clear that he had a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices—overturn Roe v. Wade and oppose a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to make her own health care decisions,” Harris said. “The President then released a list of nominees who had been vetted to meet that test. Judge Kavanaugh is on that list.”
Harris was scheduled to join other Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a rally “to save women’s reproductive rights” outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning.
Kavanaugh could be confirmed by the Senate with just Republican votes, but the GOP’s margin is slim.