United States President Donald Trump made public his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, one of nine current Supreme Court Justices, on July 9, 2018. President Trump’s still-short time in the White House is unique in that he’s been able to nominate two Supreme Court Justices since he took office roughly 18 months ago. His first nomination was Neil Gorsuch, which came shortly after he took office in January 2017. Gorsuch is widely known to lean heavily to the political right; so is Brett Kavanaugh. Although Kavanaugh hasn’t been appointed to the Supreme Court thus far, and it’s not clear if he will be or not, he also leans strongly to the right.
Why is this so important?
In the United States, the battle of Democrats versus Republicans has never been so strong. Many believe that such division is bad for the country and its constituents because politicians are largely more worried about voting within their respective parties to maintain their positions for longer than those who break party lines regularly, especially on tight, important votes. As such, United States presidents have sought to do as much for their respective parties as possible while they’re in office. Passing bills, laws, and executive orders can only go so far, however; all of these can be repealed by future presidents in most situations. The average tenure of a Supreme Court justice is just short of 17 years – 16 years, 359 days to be exact – which is many times longer than the length of time presidents hold their positions. Presidents who are able to successfully nominate multiple justices to the Supreme Court can have major lasting effects on lawmaking, setting precedents, and the overall judicial system.
Democrats and other left-leaning politicians don’t want to see Kavanaugh get appointed due to his views
Another major reason why many politicians don’t want to see Brett Kavanaugh get successfully pinned to the United States Supreme Court is that he’s alleged to have sexually assaulted at least three women. Recent news indicates that Kavanaugh may have been aware of at least some of the sexual assault allegations against him before they became public. This leads some to believe that Brett Kavanaugh did, in fact, carry out at least one incident of sexual misconduct that he’s been accused of.