Former Democratic Governor Says Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Will 'Threaten the Lives of Millions'

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor of Virginia, tweeted Monday that President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would put millions of lives in danger.

"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," he tweeted.

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

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1990 and has served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the past 12 years, would cement a conservative bend to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh's judicial background and decisions suggest his confirmation could threaten such established precedents as a woman's right to abortion and the Affordable Care Act.

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require," Trump said in announcing his decision. "I am pleased to say I have found without doubt such a person."

"Mr. President, I am grateful to you, and I'm humbled by your confidence in me," Kavanaugh said Monday night of his nomination.

McAuliffe, who has hinted at a 2020 presidential run, was not alone in his criticism of Kavanaugh. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Kavanaugh's nomination represented "a clear and disrespectful assault on the fundamental rights of women and on the quality, affordable health care of the American people."

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The sun rising over the United States Supreme Court on the morning of July 10. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, begins meeting with Capitol Hill lawmakers today ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing. Alex Edelman/Getty Images

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called Kavanaugh a "political animal" on MSNBC after his nomination was announced and speculated that he was "someone who, it looks pretty likely, will help Donald Trump if he gets into serious criminal trouble."

Former President George W. Bush, in whose White House Kavanaugh worked, was quick to praise Trump's nomination, calling it an "outstanding decision."

"He is a fine husband, father, and friend, and a man of the highest integrity," Bush said. "He will make a superb justice of the Supreme Court of the United States."

With last year's change in the rules, Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority for Senate confirmation, but he'll face a contentious battle with Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said he would oppose Kavanaugh's nomination "with everything I have. The stakes are simply too high for anything else."