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Archived: NAACP: Brett Kavanaugh Is a Dangerous Ideologue

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had a few choice words on President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, one of which was “dangerous.”


In a statement this week the organization said it is greatly opposed to Judge Brett Kavanaugh potentially serving for the highest court in the nation.

“Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court,” the NAACP said.

“In his 12 years on the bench, he has proven us correct. He has been a strong and consistent voice for the wealthy and the powerful. Over and over again, he has ruled against civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer rights, and women’s rights.”

When given the opportunity to take the right side on civil rights issues, Kavanaugh has done just the opposite. In 2012 he chose to uphold a voter identification law despite evidence that it would disenfranchise minority voters.

According to Kavanaugh, a new voter ID law would not actually require potential voters to present a photo ID, as long as they could explain why they didn’t have one.

The group is prepared to “fight this Trump nomination with everything we’ve got.”

The NAACP is not alone in its sentiments. The National Urban League issued a statement on the same day that reads, in part: “If President Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is any indication, his latest pick in Brett Kavanaugh will do the civil rights community no favors. Judge Kavanaugh has a record of ruling against affordable healthcare and women’s reproductive rights. Particularly troubling is his record on cases involving racial and workforce discrimination.”

Indeed, when it comes to workforce rulings, Kavanugh frequently sides with the employer, analysts have noted. The Chicago Tribune reported:

An overview of Kavanaugh’s written opinions on labor law by Littler Mendelson P.C., a law firm that represents employers in labor disputes, found that the nominee’s writings “do not reveal any particular leanings that might concern the employer community.” Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said Kavanaugh “routinely rules against working families” and denies “employees relief from discrimination in the workplace.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) all issued statements voicing their concern over Kavanaugh as well.

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