Following President Trump’s Monday evening nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s now-vacant seat, hundreds of protesters outside the Supreme Court broke open boxes of pre-printed “Stop Kavanaugh” signs – wasting a substantial amount of paper as the other Supreme Court nominees’ pre-printed protest banners went unused.
Sign-printing business is booming. Trump economy! pic.twitter.com/tOeWP6cLDi
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) July 10, 2018
In other words, it didn’t matter who Trump picked – this was always going to be the response.
Those opposed to the selection flipped to their anti-Kavanaugh talking points and filled in the blanks on their prepared statements – for the most part.
✔️ Praised *dissent* in Roe
✔️ Criticized Roberts ruling on Obamacare
✔️ Says sitting POTUS can't be indicted/can fire special counsel whenever he wants
✔️ Opposes net neutrality
✔️ Opposes consumer bureau
✔️ Says assault weapon bans are unconstitutional
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 10, 2018
As The Daily Caller reports, Rush Limbaugh producer Bo Snerdley made his own prophetic prediction, and call to action, before Trump made his pick:
About an hour from now – the left will be attempting to make the Supreme Court nominee a horrid human being. It's what they do – and we need to push back on every single attack by every single source with discipline, humor, facts and truth.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 10, 2018
And sure enough, the ‘resistance’ really sprang into action from billionaire Tom Steyer to Bill de Blasio and Kamala Harris – with one voice decrying this terrible human being:
Brett Kavanaugh, in just on just one case, attacked women’s rights, healthcare, and immigration.
He is the trifecta of terrible, and he must never sit on the Supreme Court.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 10, 2018
With Brett Kavanaugh as his SCOTUS pick, Mr. Trump is trying to force his repressive, bigoted agenda into our courts—and our lives. If confirmed, American citizens will hemorrhage basic rights, and corporations will have an open door for a hostile takeover.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) July 10, 2018
BREAKING: Trump just nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here's why you need to tell your senators to block this extreme nominee: (855) 999-1663 #SaveSCOTUS pic.twitter.com/jLF2OlXYAy
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) July 10, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh has applied an extreme and dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment when determining whether a law is constitutional, one that does not take into account a law’s impact on public safety. https://t.co/xCEKwUQT7m
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 10, 2018
The Senate should not confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. No president under FBI investigation for collusion and obstruction of justice should be able to pick any judge who may rule on said investigation. The Senate must protect and uphold the rule of law.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 10, 2018
You might be worried about your rights as a woman but it's okay because Kavanaugh has daughters and a wife and hires women and he even believes they, too, can enjoy sports
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) July 10, 2018
Access to safe and legal abortion, birth control, and other basic health care is hanging in the balance. If you’re one of the 7 in 10 Americans who don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, this is the time to call your senators. #ScotusPick
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) July 10, 2018
— Feminist Majority (@FemMajority) July 10, 2018
— Hardball (@hardball) July 9, 2018
Don’t be fooled: Trump promised to only appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade and gut affordable health care. This means he’s confident Brett Kavanaugh will do just that. #SCOTUSpick #SaveSCOTUS pic.twitter.com/Pkv5NmAD7D
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) July 10, 2018
We’re rallying outside the Supreme Court to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. He is a threat to reproductive rights, affordable healthcare, workers’ rights, and LGBTQ equality. His nomination must be defeated. #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/2AQFMAOS8M
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) July 10, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump wants to use the Supreme Court to undo what makes our country great. With his choice of Brett Kavanaugh, the Affordable Care Act is in danger. Voting rights and workers' rights are under threat. A woman's right to choose is on the line. #WhatsAtStake
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 10, 2018
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 10, 2018
Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of the words "Equal Justice Under Law," is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court. Brett Kavanaugh represents a fundamental threat to that promise of equality. I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 10, 2018
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 10, 2018
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) showed up to speak along with other prominent Democrats, only to be interrupted by a man with a bullhorn shouting “Abortion is murder.”
Also at the protest were Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.). Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass).
— PFAW (@peoplefor) July 10, 2018
Afterwards, Warren called Kavanaugh a “political animal” on MSBC’s The Last Word when asked about a legal opinion he wrote which concluded that Warren’s brainchild – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), had been handed “enormous executive power” through the 2010 Dodd-Frank act.
Created on July 21, 2011, the CFPB was accused by an anonymous consultant of funneling over $5 billion in collected penalties to “community organizers aligned with Democrats” as part of a multi-billion dollar slush fund, the New York Post‘s Paul Sperry reported in December.
The fund was shut down in January by Trump’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney.
Cause of Action Institute, for example, has drawn attention to a $14 million CFPB contract with GMMB Inc., a powerful media consulting shop that has produced political ads for Obama and 2016 runner-up Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Cause of Action counsel Eric R. Bolinder cheered Mulvaney’s move to review the spending, especially the millions in educational funds.
“Given CFPB’s history of stark, unabashed partisanship, as exhibited by Richard Cordray’s final bizarre gambit to try to seize control of the agency and put it in the hands of [deputy] Leandra English, it is great news that Acting Director Mulvaney is rooting out political bias, beginning with a comprehensive review of all spending,” he told the Washington Examiner. -Washington Examiner
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, when asked about Brett Kavanaugh's record with @cfpb and other federal agencies: "He's a political animal. He has been for a big part of the formative years of his career."
— Ryan Barber (@cryanbarber) July 10, 2018
Senator Warren called Judge Brett Kavanaugh a political "animal."
Kavanaugh has no known connection to MS-13.
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) July 10, 2018
The protest in front of the Supreme Court became so volatile that Fox News reporter Shannon Bream felt too threatened to go live from the scene, tweeting “Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.”
Shannon Bream of Fox News describing how they had to cancel their live broadcast because of the "volatile" protesters: "We did have a plan to have our show out their live, it got so volatile at points that we ultimately didn't feel it would be safe" #SCOTUS #BrettKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/UthgjaNFSi
— The Columbia Bugle ✝️ (@ColumbiaBugle) July 10, 2018
Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 10, 2018
Protesters outside Trump tower were arrested after the Supreme Court pick. Note that none of their signs say Kavanaugh.
— Ruschell Boone (@RuschellBoone) July 10, 2018
HAPPENING NOW: As #SCOTUSPick is announced elected officials and activists of New York City have taken the streets outside Trump Tower in protest calling to #reclaimSCOTUS and hold a vote until after the midterms. #SupremeCourt pic.twitter.com/8aHEqqygiH
— Kyle O'Leary (@tkocreative) July 10, 2018
Meanwhile the death threats are already starting to roll in. In response to Bernie Sanders’ tweet stating “We must do everything we can to stop this nomination,” Twitter user THE Gentleman, (@Abovethelaw187) whose profile which contains a #GSU18 hashtag suggesting he’s a 2018 graduate of Georgia State University, tweeted “let’s grab our rifles and assassinate him! #Whoswithme?!”
Those on the right, meanwhile, appeared to be having a pleasant Monday evening for the most part.
Do me a favor and tell them I said they should go fuck off https://t.co/kV5NIBCNe4
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 10, 2018
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) July 10, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh had barely started to give his acceptance speech when libs started politicizing his daughters.
It will only get worse from here. pic.twitter.com/1poNJTA87a
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) July 10, 2018
All of this simply means that we can now forward to a few news cycles full of pundits on CNN and MSNBC frothing at the mouth over [insert name here] Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.