Trump’s nomination of 53-year-old Kavanaugh aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest judicial body in his first 18 months as president. With the retirement of long-standing swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court will now have a 5-4 conservative majority.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) expressed concerns about his positions on key social and civil issues.
In a statement released by the ADL, concerns over the protection of LGBTQ, voting, immigration and women’s rights were addressed.
The ADL pointed out that Kavanaugh “demonstrated hostility to reproductive freedom and his past support for greatly expanded and unchecked executive power.”
They were also concerned that Kavanaugh will be unable to separate between his personal political opinions and his duty to the bench, citing his past rulings.
“We cannot let Justice Kennedy’s retirement jeopardize hard-fought progress in securing our civil rights and civil liberties,” the ADL wrote.
Grassroots organization NCJW, that works to promote equality and principles of Judaism, expressed similar concerns writing that they are ” incensed” by the nomination of Kavanaugh.