The Struggle to Stop Trump’s Right-Wing Takeover of the Supreme Court

Activists and organizers around the country are mobilizing against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who needs a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to be confirmed. If Kavanaugh fills Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat, it will likely create the most conservative court the United States has seen since the 1930s. We speak with Cecile Richards, former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union; Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center; and Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we talk about President Trump’s nomination for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy. In fact, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were both clerks to Anthony Kennedy. Our guests are David Cole, who’s legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has become the rapid-response organization in this country to all things Trump; Cecile Richards, former head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. President Trump has promised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Rachel Tiven is head of Lambda Legal. And Fatima Goss Graves is head of the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, where she spoke — a thousand people gathered — last night after President Trump made his nomination. Cecile Richards?

CECILE RICHARDS: Well, I think that one of the issues here that women have, of course, is equal representation on the courts, in Congress. And there is no way to avoid the fact that of the 113 Supreme Court justices in our lifetime, only six have not been white men. So, yet again, we are now populating a court — and, of course, this president, I think more than 75 percent of his judicial nominees have been men. And as was discussed last night,…

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