Dear MoveOn member,
After four days of hearings, here are five things that we know for sure about Brett Kavanaugh:
1. He has not committed to uphold Roe v. Wade, and, if appointed to the Supreme Court, he would likely be the decisive vote that would undermine the right to safe and legal abortion.
2. He refers to birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs" and believes that employers have the right to exclude birth control from health insurance plans.
3. He has gone further than the Supreme Court and written that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines cannot be banned under the Second Amendment.
4. He believes that a sitting president should never be indicted, and he refuses to answer even basic questions about presidential authority, such as whether or not a president can pardon him or herself.
5. He has flat-out refused to recuse himself should any of the president's civil or criminal investigations reach the Supreme Court.
I am doing everything that I can to have a thorough hearing for Kavanaugh, because I believe that Supreme Court justices need to do right by our Constitution and the American people.
And Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee (and the protesters in the hearing room, and those outside holding rallies every night) are doing everything they can to expose the truth about Kavanaugh.
But time is quickly running out to stop Donald Trump's dangerous nominee. We can't stop Kavanaugh without a massive outcry. We need an outcry at least as huge as the uproar that stopped Trumpcare last year.
MoveOn members have been organizing rallies, flooding the Senate with phone calls, organizing on the ground in key states, and sharing personal stories that have gotten millions of views on social media. But we need to do even more. That's why I'm asking you now:
I asked Kavanaugh if he supported Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which helps protect the right to vote for all communities. He refused to answer.
I asked him if the landmark Supreme Court decision on marriage equality was correctly decided. He refused to answer.
I asked Kavanaugh if he believed there was blame on both sides for last year's deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. He refused to answer that question, too.
My colleague Senator Richard Blumenthal asked him if a judge deserves to be attacked, as our president has done repeatedly to judges, because of their heritage and race. He refused to answer the question. That's not a hard question to answer. None of these questions are.
Eddie, Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous partisan, and under no circumstances does he belong on the highest court of our land.
We are in the final rounds of this fight, and what happens in the next few days will impact generations to come. But there is hope. I see it from my colleagues in the Senate. I see it in the faces of the men and women who are protesting inside the hearing room, those who are rallying outside, and those who are sharing their stories online and in their communities.
This is personal to me. I wouldn't be part of these confirmation hearings had Chief Justice Earl Warren not been on the Supreme Court to lead the unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Had someone else been on the Court, I may not have had the opportunities that allowed me to become a U.S. senator.
We need to make sure that generations to come don't lose access to these opportunities and that partisans placed on the Supreme Court by extreme presidents don't decide our futures for the next two decades.
Thanks for fighting with me, and thanks for all you do.
–Senator Kamala Harris
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