While the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court drew cheers from most conservatives Monday night, liberal lawmakers were nearly as united in their vocal opposition.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh’s addition will likely create a solidly conservative five-judge majority on the high court for decades to come, influencing hot-button issues such as abortion rights, gay rights and government regulation, and potentially clearing the path to overturning Roe v. Wade.
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The selection of the conservative Kavanaugh will likely lead to a bruising confirmation battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority.
In a statement, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Kavanaugh “a superb choice” and “an impressive nominee.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tweeted that Kavanaugh had “impeccable credentials & a strong record of upholding the Constitution,” and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Kavanaugh “will be an outstanding Justice.”
Former Trump administration communications director Anthony Scaramucci warned Democrats not to play “partisan games.”
Many Democratic senators, however, said there was no way they would vote to approve his nomination. In tweets, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called Kavanaugh “hostile to health care” and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he was “a true Second Amendment radical,” as both said they would vote “no.”
Despite being outnumbered in the Senate, a number of leading Democrats said they would do everything they could to fight Kavanaugh’s nomination. Here’s what some had to say on Twitter: