The news broke moments ago—Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire.
Two years ago, after Justice Antonin Scalia died in office, Senator Cory Gardner said it was too late in an election year to confirm a replacement. “Our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high,” Gardner said, “the American people deserve a role in this process as the next Supreme Court Justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.”
If those words were true then, they’re especially true now. Tell Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet that the Senate must wait until 2019 to confirm the next Supreme Court Justice.
We know what will happen if today’s Senate votes for Trump’s next Justice. Trump’s list of potential nominees includes political extremists far worse than Neil Gorsuch, who has been the swing vote in numerous devastating Supreme Court rulings this year. The resistance to Trump is building toward the 2018 elections, and it’s crucial that voters get the chance to weigh in before Trump gets another lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.
What’s at stake? Roe v. Wade (Abortion Rights!), Obergefell v. Hodges (Marriage Equality!), Brown v. Board of Ed (SCHOOL SEGREGATION). In a word, everything.
Holding off on nominating and confirming a new justice to the high court is absolutely consistent with what Cory Gardner said two years ago. If he has even a shred of integrity left, he’ll say the same today.
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