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Nomination puts rights in jeopardy

Julianne Malveaux | 7/26/2018, 6 a.m.
Senate Republicans hope to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, confirmed before Oct. 1. ...
Julianne Malveaux

But the agency may be short-lived if Judge Kavanaugh becomes a justice on the Supreme Court. He has ruled that the CFPB is “unconstitutional” and “a threat to individual liberties.” Through his rulings, predatory bankers have been able to avoid paying millions of dollar of fines. He is on record opposing regulation and consumer protection and will make life much more challenging for everyday black folks.

Judge Kavanaugh also has been a strong proponent of presidential power and would likely cover for President Trump in individual lawsuits and prevent government agencies, or others, from bringing lawsuits against Mr. Trump. 

The white women who consider their top issue in vetting a Supreme Court justice the abortion issue are being extremely shortsighted. There are plenty more reasons to be adamantly opposed to this nominee. Perhaps U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, will be swayed by the Kavanaugh position on voting rights. Maybe other Republicans will grow a conscience. 

Or perhaps Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Senate minority leader, can hold the line on a vote until November.

In any case, abortion rights aren’t the only rights on the line if Judge Kavanaugh makes it to the Supreme Court.

The writer is an economist and author.