HF Statement on Brett Kavanaugh’s Appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court
October 7, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The Hispanic Federation’s President Jose Calderon issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Despite a troubling record as a federal judge, despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct, and despite critical questions of integrity and judicial temperament, the U.S. Senate majority chose yesterday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. In doing so, it has crippled the court’s integrity and done grave damage to our nation’s democracy.
“Hispanic Federation has long been concerned about the implications of Mr. Kavanaugh’s nomination given his judicial hostility to immigrants’ rights and to the survival of the social safety net, namely the Affordable Care Act, which has helped millions of Americans access health care for the first time. We also have been concerned about his views on reproductive health rights and programs that support and benefit millions of women all across the country. Our concerns over these issues were enough for us to oppose his nomination, but the manner in which he conducted himself at his September 27th confirmation hearing raised crucial questions about his impartiality. These questions will be on the minds of anyone who may have business before the Supreme Court and casts a troubling pall of illegitimacy over the court’s decision for the foreseeable future.
“The actions of the Senate majority underscore the critical need for those of us concerned about justice, equality and our nation’s very democracy to show up at the polls next month. We will do all we can to channel today’s righteous anger into righteous action at the ballot box on Election Day.”