Reprobate on the U.S. Supreme Court

10/11/2018, 6 a.m.
Well, America, we now have a Trump clone on the U.S. Supreme Court. In the closest vote since 1881, the ...

Well, America, we now have a Trump clone on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the closest vote since 1881, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 last Saturday to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh as a justice on to the nation’s highest court.

What a sad day for this country.

The riveting confirmation hearings and attendant revelations by the most responsible media organizations have shown us that Justice Kavanaugh is cut from the same cloth as President Trump. Both have a history of sexually assaulting women, a penchant for lying and are subject to immature tantrums. 

In Justice Kavanaugh’s case, the lies are about small, but critical things — such as his drinking problems in high school and college that made him oblivious to his offensive and possibly criminal behavior toward women. He even was willing to lie about reports he claimed not to have received or reviewed in order to secure a seat he has long coveted on the Supreme Court.

He also showed with his rude and disrespectful behavior toward members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he doesn’t have the judicial temperament required to be on the bench.

The hearings and other information call into question his integrity, impartiality, temperament and history of sexual assault that will taint the character and reputation of the Supreme Court.

 We know that Justice Kavanaugh was President Trump’s choice for the high court because of his stated opinion in a 2009 law review article that a sitting president should be immune from investigation and criminal and civil prosecution. 

Did we really expect more of a nominee by a president fearful of indictment or impeachment because of the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election?

Justice Kavanaugh bears close watching now that he has been seated on the nine-member court. His previous decisions on the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia show how conservative he is and how willing he is to roll back the clock on such important issues as affirmative action, a women’s right to decide personal reproductive issues, gay rights and marriage equality, gun control and civil rights.

He may become the vote on the court that turns justice into injustice.

The best way to fight back is to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and put Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Several Democratic members of the House and Senate have signaled a willingness to open an investigation into Justice Kavanaugh’s false statements with the possibility of impeaching him.

We laud U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and others who are unafraid to pursue the best for our nation’s highest court.

America doesn’t deserve a Trump-like reprobate on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Vote on Nov. 6.