Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Oct 6, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement slamming the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“President Trump campaigned on the promise of stacking the judiciary with right-wing partisan judges and, to do so, he outsourced his Supreme Court pick to the conservative Federalist Society.  Now — with the help of Senators who outright ignored Judge Kavanaugh’s flawed views, hostility toward our current health care system, and lack of judicial temperament — he will, unfortunately, have a seat on the highest court in the land.

“It is a disgrace that a political operative with such visible partisan leanings and contempt and disrespect for Congress’ role as a coequal branch of our federal government could be elevated to our nation’s most-respected institution.  Judge Kavanaugh will no doubt be an activist judge who threatens to hinder the Constitutionally-protected rights that all Americans hold dear for decades to come.

“I fear that his performance in his supplemental testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee is an indicator of the partisanship and divisiveness that he espouses and, clearly, seeks to inject in to the Supreme Court.  His invocation of the Clintons and the 2016 Presidential election, his contempt towards members of the Committee, and the belligerence he displayed disqualified him from not only the Supreme Court, but from any position in the judiciary.

“Judge Kavanaugh has also proven to have a dangerous and expansive view of presidential authority and has repeatedly sided with special corporate interests over that of ordinary Americans.  His confirmation is a step backwards for minorities across our country as he will radically reverse course on America’s long march towards justice and will actively seek to dismantle fundamental rights.

“This is a sad day for our nation because the Supreme Court will forever be tainted by Judge Kavanaugh who is not worthy of the honor, privilege, and opportunity of this lifetime appointment.”