Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

A rally is set to take place on the steps of the Supreme Court 30 minutes after President Donald Trump announces which extremist he's chosen to fill Justice Kennedy's seat. (Image: @FemMajority)

'Ready to Fight Back': Progressives Gear Up to Reject Trump's Extremist SCOTUS Pick

All those on the list of possible choices, says Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have "shown their willingness to side with the wealthy and powerful over the rights of women, workers, voters, and minorities."

Andrea Germanos

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is reiterating her warnings about what's at stake with President Donald Trump picking his Supreme Court nominee "off a pre-approved extremist list," while progressive groups get ready to gather on the courthouse steps in Washington, DC on Monday night to show they're ready "to fight back." 

Trump is expected to make the announcement from the White House at 9pm about who he's chosen to fill the seat left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In a Monday afternoon tweet, Warren said that all those on the right-wing list have "shown their willingness to side with the wealthy and powerful over the rights of women, workers, voters, and minorities."

Given the stakes, more than a dozen advocacy groups including Indivisible, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights have organized a rally to #SaveSCOTUS, with their action set to begin 30 minutes after Trump makes his announcement.

The Supreme Court heading further right, the groups state, will "ensure that Trump's extreme views are imposed on our country not just for four or eight years, but for decades to come. We can't sit back and let that happen." Their call-to-action adds:

During the campaign, Trump let far-right groups create his list of potential Supreme Court nominees so he could guarantee them that his nominees would overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion, and punish women. The candidates they selected will vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and take away healthcare from people with pre-existing conditions. And candidates they selected would threaten Americans' civil liberties by upholding discriminatory measures that will undermine LGBTQ equality, make it harder for people of color to vote, make it more difficult for people who have been discriminated against to have their day in court, and even harder for workers to organize for better wages.

As the "Constitutionally-protected right to safe and legal abortion has never faced a greater threat"—despite American voters' overwhelming support for it—reproductive rights groups are sounding the alarm and pointing to the records of the two people who are reportedly the top contenders—Judges Thomas Hardiman and Brett Kavanaugh. 

Some groups are also mobilizing to put pressure on Senate Democrats—with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the target of a rally Monday evening in his homestate of New York.

"Trump is committed to placing an extreme ideologue on the court, who could endanger environmental protections, overturn Roe v. Wade, and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions," said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth.

"If the Senate confirms Trump's nominee, we will be stuck with a court that sides with big corporations over the American people," he continued. "The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the future of our planet is at risk. Any senator who is serious about protecting the environment and fighting climate change must vote against confirmation. Senate Democrats must use everything in their power to keep Trump's dangerous nominees off the Supreme Court."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Racism Poses Public Health Threat to Millions Worldwide: Lancet Studies

"Until racism and xenophobia are universally recognized as significant drivers of determinants of health, the root causes of discrimination will remain in the shadows and continue to cause and exacerbate health inequities."

Brett Wilkins ·


Advocates Call On Schumer to Take 'Historic Opportunity' to Pass Antitrust Bills

"Congress has the votes to pass historic bipartisan antitrust legislation to rein in Big Tech," said one group. "It's up to Sen. Schumer to bring these bills to the Senate floor."

Julia Conley ·


Lula Sues Bolsonaro for Abuse of Power and Baseless Attacks on Brazil's Voting System

"Brazil cannot move forward, and leave political violence behind, without holding Bolsonaro and his cronies to account," wrote one journalist.

Kenny Stancil ·


'She's Just Awful': Critics Swing After Sinema Ditches Dems Just Days After Warnock Win

"Apparently 'independent' is the new way to say 'corporate lobbyist,'" said one critic.

Jon Queally ·


Advocates Applaud as FTC Sues to Stop Microsoft-Activision Mega-Merger

Biden's FTC, said one consumer campaigner, "is showing, once again, that it is serious about enforcing the law, reversing corporate concentration, and taking on the tough cases."

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo